Anglo Saxons (believed to be the first speakers of Old English) invented a language which has words whose origins will make you read about them twice.
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In latin this words means “ignorant”
Word “girls” comes from ow German word ‘gor’ whose early usage for kids of both sexes.
Whiskey comes from the Gaelic words ‘uisge bietha’ or ‘ water of life’.
In ancient Greek sycophant meant ‘fig revealer’
5. Smart Aleck
Aleck was an actual pimp who looted people in New York in the 1840’s.
Sarcasm comes from the Greek word ‘sarkazein’ which means ‘to tear flesh’
Pamphlet comes from the love poem ‘pamphilus’ which was passed on from person to person.
In old Latin muscle meant small mice.
In old French mortgage meant ‘death pledge’
In Middle English ‘luke’ means warm. The actual translation would then be ‘warm warm’.
A 16th century English word for small slits in castles to shoot arrows.
Originates from Latin and means ‘spirits of the dead’.
Hazard comes from Arabic word ‘al zahr’ which means dice, and dice was associated with games to do with gambling.
Disaster comes from Greek words ‘dis’ and ‘aster’ indicating the unfavourable movement of the stars.
An old Norse words where Beserkers were warriors who fought with a trance like fury.
In the Nahuatl language it’s called ‘Ahuacati’ meaning ‘testicle’. Yeah you read it right. Word avocado comes from testicle 🙂