Newspapers were introduced in mid-sixteenth century Venice. They were little sheets of paper describing trade, war and prices. They were very cheap and were known as a “halfpenny worth of news”, or in the Venetian dialect, a “gazeta de la novita”, gazeta being the name of a Venetian coin of very little value.
Found in: Michael Forsyth, The Etymologicon
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