Words at Play : Words With Remarkable Origins, Vol. 1

#10: Hazard

This word dates to the time of the Crusaders and involves a game of chance.

According to the most likely theory, the original hazard ("al-zahr," in Arabic) was a die. Players would roll the dice and bet on the outcome.

English got the word from French, and in English hazard eventually came to mean any chance, risk, or source of danger.

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