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What is the origin of this word in terms of when it made it into English? Also, why does vigor seemed to be coupled with it? Cliche? "vigor and vim" —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

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Etymology: Commonly regarded as < Latin vim, accusative singular of vīs strength, energy; but the early adverbial use (see quot. 18501) suggests a purely imitative or interjectional origin.
orig. U.S.
Force or vigour, energy, ‘go’. †Also as adv., vigorously, sharply.
1843 Yale Literary Mag. 8 406 He would have acted out his real nature with all the vim and pathos which heroes always manifest in like circumstances.
1850 Odd Leaves 51 He thought of his spurs, so he ris up, an' drove them vim in the hoss's flanx.
Lysdexia (talk) 14:24, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
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