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Why is a manila folder called manila?

Here’s a random word etymology that rolled around in my brain on my drive to work. Why is a manila folder called manila? Is it related to Manila the capital of the Phillipines? The answer is yes. Manila folders owe their name to manila hemp or abaca, a type of fiber that comes from a relative of the banana plant. Manila hemp is indigenous to the Philippines and gets its name from the country’s capital.

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