25 Common Words With Really Bizarre Origins

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!

25

Traitor

loyalty betrayalSource: wiktionary

It has the same root as “tradition” because both involve handing something over (latin tradere, to hand over).

24

Daisy

daisySource: wiktionary, Image: www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Comes from “day’s eye” because the flower is open during the day and shut during the night.


23

Eavesdropping

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

Before the invention of gutters, houses were built with something called eavesdrops that directed rain away from the walls and foundation. These eavesdrops were the perfect spot for someone to hide if they wanted to overhear a conversation.

22

Muscle

mouseSource: wiktionary

Comes from latin “musculus,” or “little mouse.” When doctors were first observing musculature they thought that the muscles looked like little mice running under the skin


21

Helicopter

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

It isn’t actually broken into “heli” and “copter.” In reality, the components are “helico,” meaning “helix,” and “pter,” meaning “wing.” (Pterodactyl comes from the same root.)



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