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!

5

Ransack

cabinSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

It comes from Old Icelandic “rann” (meaning house) and “saka” (meaning search).

4

Safety razors

razorSource: wiktionary

They got their name because, perhaps unsurprisingly, anything would have been safer than a knife, which is what most people used at the time.

3

Salary

saltSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

It comes from the Latin word for salt (salaria). This is because Roman soldiers took part of their pay in salt.

2

Sad

dogSource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

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.

1

Goodbye

byeSource: quora, Image: pixabay.com (public domain)

It comes from “godbwye,” which was itself a contraction of “God be with ye.”


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