This is a Wednesday’s Wonderful Words post, in which I chose a word, well-know or otherwise, and discuss why I think it’s so wonderful.
Before I begin the post, I’d like to take a quick poll. Without reading any further, can you tell me:
c.1750, lively Spanish dance, of unknown origin [OED says “alleged to be of negro origin”], perhaps related to fado (attested in Eng. from 1902), a popular music style of Portugal, from L. fatum “fate, destiny.” Fado is lovely, but not lively, so perhaps the link, if any, is thematic. But the late date argues against it.