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ORIGIN 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Princes_of_Serendip

Accidents and sagacity, my friends! I am thoroughly delighted by this etymology :-D

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