25 Common Words With Really Bizarre Origins

Posted by , Updated on March 7, 2017

Whether you are a linguist or just somebody who is interested in finding out where the words we use everyday came from, this list is for you. Some of the most common words in our vocabulary have the coolest histories. These are 25 Common Words With Really Bizarre Origins!

20

Apron

apronSource: wiktionary

It actually used to be called a “napron” (old french: nappe, middle english: naperon) but due to the wrong division of “a napron,” it became “an apron.”

19

Tuxedo

tuxedoSource: wiktionary

It comes from the Native American Lenape word for “crooked river.” The reason the dinner jacket is called a “tuxedo” is because they first became popular around Tuxedo Park in New York.

18

Peninsula

floridaSource: wiktionary, Image: commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

It comes from the Latin prefix pen-, which means “almost,” so a peninsula is almost an island.

17

Candidate

romeSource: wiktionary

Ironically, it comes from the same root as “candid” meaning “bright white” (Latin candidus). In Rome, politicians often wore white togas because they were associated with honesty.

16

Upper and lower case

printing pressSource: wiktionary

These come from a time of hand printing when the letters were literally stored in different cases.


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