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date: 27 January 2022

abracadabra [L17th] 

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
Author(s):

Julia Cresswell

These days abracadabra is just a fun word said by magicians as they do a trick, but formerly it was much more serious—a magic word that was supposed to be a charm against fever and was often engraved on an amulet worn around the neck. Abracadabra was written so that it formed a triangle, beginning with ‘A’ on the first line, ‘AB’ on the second, and so on. It ultimately goes back to ancient times, first recorded in a Latin poem of the 2nd century ... ...

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