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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A peddler of religious books.
From French colporteur (peddler), from col (neck) + porter (to carry), from Latin portare, from the idea of a peddler carrying his wares in a bag hung around his neck. Ultimately from Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over) that gave us other words such as support, comport, petroleum, sport, passport, Swedish fartlek (a training technique), Norwegian fjord (bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain).
"By then, because a Seventh-day Adventist colporteur had come into
Croscombe selling religious tracts, his parents had joined that Church,
and Hardy became a keen member of it."
A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)