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Where the Words “Crayola” and “Crayon” Come From

Today I found out where the words “Crayola” and “Crayon” come from. The word “Crayola” was originally thought up by Alice Binney. Binney, a one-time school teacher, combined the French word “craie”, meaning “chalk”, with “ola”, shortened from the French word “oléagineux”, meaning “oily”.  Oléagineux derives from the Latin  “oleāginus”, which is the adjective form of “olea”, meaning more or […]

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