The Meaning of "Newspaper"


Insane News Theory

To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we’re looking through our archives to bring you 225 pieces of wit, wisdom, and fun in a series we’re calling Almanac Treasures (see more of them here).

The word “newspaper” is derived not from the word new, but from N-E-S-W [as in a compass] which it was usual in old times to put at the head of a periodical publication, indicating that the information was derived from the four quarters of the globe.


1847 Old Farmer's Almanac

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