Word Origins

An Introduction To Etymology: Eight Great Word Origins

An Introduction To Etymology: Eight Great Word Origins

What is etymology, and why is it important? Join us on an excursion into the world of eight common words’ delightfully convoluted backstories.
11 Common English Words And Phrases With Racist Origins

11 Common English Words And Phrases With Racist Origins

Chances are, you’ve used at least one of these in casual conversation without knowing its problematic past.
Taboo Words And Why We Use Them

Taboo Words And Why We Use Them

Whether you know it or not, your vocabulary is filled with taboo-avoiding words and phrases.
Why Do We Say Wow?

Why Do We Say Wow?

The word might sound modern, but “wow” goes back hundreds if not thousands of years.
What’s The Meaning Of ‘Feminism’?

What’s The Meaning Of ‘Feminism’?

Feminism’s been in the news a lot in the past few years, from the Women’s March to the watershed #MeToo movement. But what does the word “feminism” really mean?
9 Elizabethan Words To Bring Back: English For Time Travelers

9 Elizabethan Words To Bring Back: English For Time Travelers

What new (or, to be exact, old) words and phrases would you hear if you traveled back to 16th century Tudor England? And what would they mean?
139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language

139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language

Without the Vikings, English would be missing some pretty awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die and cake!
7 Words And Expressions About The Moon From Around The World

7 Words And Expressions About The Moon From Around The World

We can’t think any better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing than with 7 moon words and phrases from around the globe.
10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

Turns out, people used to call a lot of different things “apples.”
The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

The Origins Of 10 Space Terms That Are Out Of This World

Words like “nebula,” “galaxy” and “cosmos” can summon up lots of romantic images of space exploration, but where did these terms come from in the first place?
Eponyms Everywhere: 8 English Words That Came From Names

Eponyms Everywhere: 8 English Words That Came From Names

When you boycott a business or play the saxophone, you’re putting eponyms to use! Here are 8 common words that derive from people’s names.
Star Words: Language Trivia From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Words: Language Trivia From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

The earthbound origins of the names, cultures and languages in the Star Wars universe.
111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish

Spanish and English have been trading vocabulary (and culture) for centuries. Here are just some of the Spanish words in English that you use all the time.