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Posted by Bob on June 24, 2003

In Reply to: NEWS posted by Antonio on June 24, 2003

: Need to verify .

: The word, term 'news', was it derived from court jesters announcing, "tidings from the North- East - West and South. ?

No. Just the reports of items that are new.
People love to invent "folk etymologies," fanciful derivations of words, particularly if they can "invent" an acronym after the fact that seems plausible. News, golf, posh, and many other words have been "explained" by such inventions. It's sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction here, because there have, indeed, been many words created from acronyms, such as "radar."