Fact #478: The sham definition of the word “placebo” came about in 8th century France. Unrelated parties would attend and simulate grief in hopes of receiving food and drink. These parties’ first collective act was to chant “placebo Domino in regione vivorum.” As such, they were collectively labeled as “placebo” singers.

Note: “Placebo Domino in regione vivorum” translates into “I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” in English.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo_(at_funeral)

Credit for today’s fact goes to: Wonjae Yang

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