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    • bill
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      3 months ago

      Lol. I needed this today.

      The word existed in (at least) two earlier forms—apossoun and opassom—and is from a Virginia Algonquian word the exact form of which is now unknown, but that itself comes from the Algonquian *wa·p-, meaning "white," and *-aʔθemw-, meaning "dog, small animal."

      You can, indeed, write opossum and say it like “possum” and be using an officially recognized pronunciation.

      Please nobody ever do this.

    • jbuchana3 months ago

      They don't always play dead, our dog cornered one once, and it was hissing at her.