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What is the word origin of ruminate? My friend says that word is linked to sufi mystic and poet Rumi, but I believe that is only coincidence.
Submitted by M Geraghty (San Francisco - U.S.A.)
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Your friend is, I have to say, talking nonsense. Where do they get these ideas? The word comes from Latin 'rumen', the throast, the gullet, and was originally applied to cows chewing the cud.
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