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Origin of “Freckle”

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A seventh-grader from Colorado wonders where the word freckle comes from. This word’s origin is a bit murky but appears to be related to old Scandinavian term rooted in the idea of “scattering,” like the seeds that freckles resemble. The German word for these bits of pigment is Sommersprossen, literally, “summer sprouts.” This is part of a complete episode.

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