One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounGreek Mythology
The son of Zeus and Maia, the messenger of the gods, and god of merchants, thieves, and oratory. He was portrayed as a herald equipped for travelling, with broad-brimmed hat, winged shoes, and a winged rod.Roman equivalent Mercury
Probably from Greek herma ‘heap of stones’: from early times he was represented by a carved stock or stone and was identified with Thoth.
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