The English word weird originally meant ‘having the power to control fate’, which is why Shakespeare named his witches in Macbeth The Weird Sisters. Later depictions of them dressed in odd and strange ways led to the current definition of the word.
The word “dashboard” originated as a barrier of wood or leather fixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris “dashed up” (thrown up) by the horses’ hooves.
The word gasoline has nothing to do with gas, it was a brand knock off of the original Cazeline when a shop owner drew a line on the C to make it a G.
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.”