Today’s word is going to be short and sweet, but interesting nevertheless!

This one is totally for my husband, who asked a few weeks ago if ruminate was related to cows. Cue me going, “Uh…” and reaching for my phone.

Turns out that, yes. Yes, it is. Ruminate has been around since the 1530s, meaning “to turn over in the mind.” But it’s straight from the Latin word rumen, which means…gullet. And hence ruminare, which means “to chew the cud,” like a cow.

So when you’re ruminating on something, you’re chewing the cud. In your brain.

You’re welcome. 😉

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