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 comes from Old Icelandic “rann” (meaning house) and “saka” (meaning search).
They got their name because, perhaps unsurprisingly, anything would have been safer than a knife, which is what most people used at the time.
It comes from the Latin word for salt (salaria). This is because Roman soldiers took part of their pay in salt.
Like the word “nice,” this term switched meanings. It originally meant something closer to “content” (possibly sharing a root with “satisfy”). Over time, it moved to the opposite end of the spectrum.
It comes from “godbwye,” which was itself a contraction of “God be with ye.”
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