Word Origins

What is origin of word silhouette

What Is The Origin Of The Word "Silhouette"?

A silhouette is ‘the dark shape and outline or someone against a brighter background’, but did you know that it’s named after a person? Find out who, and why.

What is origin of word snob

What Is The Origin Of The Word "Snob"?

Nobody likes a snob (do they?) – but before you accuse somebody of being one, take a look at various ingenious theories about the origin of the word.

What is origin of word world

What Is The Origin Of The Word "World"?

What do the terms 'world' and 'werewolf' have in common? We investigate the origin of the word 'world'.

What is origin of word ye

What Is The Origin Of The Word "Ye"?

‘Ye’ is in carols (O Come All Ye Faithful) and old-fashioned shop names (Ye Olde Sweete Shoppe) – but where does ‘ye’ come from, and how was it pronounced?

What is origin of word zombie

What Is The Origin Of The Word "Zombie"?

Zombies (corpses brought back to life) are staple features in the horror genre, whether book, TV, or movie – but what is the origin of the word ‘zombie’?

What is origin of love meaning nil in tennis

What Is The Origin Of "Love" In Tennis?

‘Love’ is used to mean ‘nothing’ , when scoring in tennis, but where does this romantic notion come from – and does it have anything to do with eggs?

What is origin of the phrase to have albatross around your neck

What's The Origin Of The Phrase "To Have An Albatross Around Your Neck"?

‘To have an albatross around one’s neck’ is to a heavy and inescapable burden or responsibility – but what is the origin of this unusual phrase?

What is origin of word soccer

What’s The Origin Of The Word "Soccer"?

Football in the UK is soccer in the US, but did you know that the word soccer actually originated in England? Find out more about the word’s origins.

Why is day after thanksgiving called black friday

Why Is The Day After Thanksgiving Called "Black Friday"?

The day after Thanksgiving is known as ‘Black Friday’ in North America, and the term is in increasing use around the world – but where does the name come from?