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English Spelling and Pronunciation

The word queue is the only word in English that is pronounced the same with or without its last four letters.
The strange word comes from the French queue via Old French cue and Latin coda meaning “tail”.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary the first known use of the word in English dates back to 1748.

Where does the term “mocha” come from?

Mocha beans were Ethiopian coffee beans that were imported to Europe in the 18th century from the western Yemeni port of Mocha (المخا).
By the mid-nineteenth century, Americans had started adding chocolate to mocha coffee to add to its flavour, hence the term mocha is today applied to any chocolate-flavoured coffee.