Where did the word atoll originate from?


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Didge Doo answered

It originated in the language of the Maldives where "atolu" means a ring-shaped coral island.

Not too hard to find but you might not know that Bikini Atoll, the site of US nuclear tests in the late 1940s/early 1950s gave its name to the bikini swimsuit. (After the bombing there wasn't much of Bikini left.)

In those days the bikini was considered shocking simply because it showed a little bare midriff. By modern standards it was really a very modest two-piece that nobody would find offensive.

Paradoxically as the amount of cloth increased relative to the area of exposed skin, the prices went up when, obviously, the cost of manufacture went down. That's the rag trade for you. :(

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RIK RZ commented
You are correct
The word Atoll came from my country
I literally threw a party when i found out
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Didge Doo commented
Good to know, Rik. I didn't know where you came from. :)
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