The words “apron” and “napkin” were originally “napron” and “apkin” but the preceding indefinite articles (“an” and “a”) were so confusing to the ear that the words eventually just changed.
The modern English word phoenix derives from the Middle English word phenix, itself from the Old English fenix, which was borrowed from Medieval Latin phenix, which is derived from Classic Latin phoenix.
Bistro is not French for Cáfe, but the word Russian cossacks would shout at French waiters, meaning “quickly”.
Your eye’s pupil got its name from Latin “Pupilla”, which means little doll. Because that’s what you see when you look into someones pupil, the little doll version of yourself.
The term “groggy” comes from either the British or American Navy. These sailors drank Grog, which was a mix of rum, water, and citrus juice, which was used to fight scurvy. Someone who is dazed or sleepy might feel as if they have had too much grog, making them “groggy.”
The term “meme” was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in 1976. It represents “one unit of cultural transmission.”
The word “robot” was first used in a 1920 play and was derived from the Slavic word for “slave labor.”
There is an American restaurant chain, “Der Wienerschnitzel”, that contains three German language errors in its name. The gender is incorrect, the restaurant serves hot dogs (not Wiener schnitzel), and a missing space implies that residents of Vienna have been used as an ingredient.
The word “barbecue” has been around since 1650, and has meant “outdoor meal of roasted meat or fish as a social entertainment” since 1733.