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!
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.”
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.
It comes from the Latin prefix pen-, which means “almost,” so a peninsula is almost an island.
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.
Upper and lower case
These come from a time of hand printing when the letters were literally stored in different cases.