‘The Vocabularist: Where does the term ‘Magna Carta’ come from?’

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‘Magna Carta – King John’s Great Charter whose anniversary is being celebrated – is not the only Latin phrase to have passed un-translated into English, but it is the most revered.

The document was written on sheepskin, but carta (earlier charta or chartes) is an ancient Greek word for a different writing material, papyrus.’

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