[ awr-i-jin stawr-ee, or-i-jin ]
/ ˈɔr ɪ dʒɪn ˌstɔr i, ˈɒr ɪ dʒɪn /
a backstory, or established background narrative, that informs the identity and motivations of heroes and villains in a comic book or similar fictional work: The superhero’s origin story begins with a tragic accident that left him scarred, but also resulted in his supernatural powers.
These Plain Words Have Very Odd Origin StoriesOver the years, these words have gone on a journey from signifying creepy, strange, antithetical, and even paranormal ideas to taking on the standard meanings we know and understand today.
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