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Fancy meeting you here!

By Debra Dobbins

“Encounter” can be used as a verb and a noun. As a noun, it came into English in the late 13th century, according to the Online Dictionary of Eytomology.

The dictionary also notes that the word  originally meant a “meeting of adversaries.” It was created from the Latin “in” and “contra,” meaning against.

Though still used in an adversarial sense, the noun nowadays can also mean a surprise meeting.


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