Origins

  1. French Words You Should Incorporate Into Your Vocabulary

  2. You’ll Never Guess When These Words Were Born

    Sometimes the phrases most of us see as modern inventions actually go way back—yes, even before the internet!
  3. Will These Words From The 1920s Come Back In 2020?

  4. These Words Came From The Irish Language

  5. Where Did The Days Of The Week Get Their Names?

    We're here today to talk about how our favorite (and least favorite) days of the week got their names. Here are the real stories ...
  6. Celebrate The Season With These Words For Capricorns

    December 22 marks the beginning of Capricorn season. Capricorn is one of the Earth signs of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorns are often stereotyped as being stoic, practical, and persistent. And judging by some famous Capricorns, it may be true! If you were born between December 22–January 19, you’re in the company of boxer Muhammad Ali, writer J.D. Salinger, former …

  7. Why Is Friday The 13th Unlucky?

    Can you honestly say that you’ve never felt a slight pang of concern when waking up on the morning of Friday the 13th? You’re not alone. Maybe it’s triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, that gets you down. But, if 13s don’t bother you unless it’s Friday, you might be susceptible to what’s sometimes known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, instead. Whether you plan on …

  8. The Disgusting Origin Of The Word “Squirt”

    If you’re a ten-year-old boy, this host is about to become your new hero. Everyone else? Sorry we ruined ketchup.
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    Where Your Favorite Halloween Candy Got Its Name

    Whether you love chocolate or hard candies, we all have our favorites. But, have you ever thought about what the name on your favorite candy wrapper means? Here’s the history behind the names of a few popular confections. Snickers Believe it or not, one of the most beloved candy bars is named after a horse. The Mars family named the candy bar Snickers in memory of …

  10. Where Did The Term “Hypochondriac” Come From?

    It wasn’t until the 19th century that hypochondriac described someone who suffered “illness without a specific cause.”  So what did it originally mean?