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Toxic Sagittarius


Considering the time of year, I thought it appropriate to dedicate a post to my fellow Sagittarians.  The ninth sign of the zodiac is represented by the archer.  Sagitta is Latin for arrow – an appropriate name for a constellation resembling an archer. Somehow, the word toxic fits into all this. Toxic is from the Greek word toxikos meaning pertaining to archery.  How did toxic come to mean what it means today if its origin pertains to archery?   Because hunters would dip their arrows in poison before going out on the attack.  Poisonous arrows were very toxic.

[Source: Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
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