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.

She soon stumbled across a beautiful man, Narcissus, and fell in love, but was unable to woo him as she could only repeat his last words. Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, leading to the English word “narcissist” and his own death.

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