The Origin of Echo

The English word “echo” came into use around the 14th century and comes from a Greek tale of unrequited love. After getting in the middle of personal business between Zeus and Hera, the nymph Echo was cursed to only be able to repeat the last words she heard someone say.

Poetry Gambling

In 17th century Japan, citizens began betting on games of poetry. The precursor to the development of the art form of haiku, haikai was a parlor game that spread from the scholars and aristocrats to the common people.