Neatorama Posts Tagged "etymology"
10 Beautiful, Completely Made-Up Words That Describe Obscure Sorrows...

Words can't describe* the joy I feel when I ran ac...  ...ordsmith) crafts each words carefully with proper etymology - things like word roots, prefixes, suffixes and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/06/26/10-Beautiful-Completely-Made-Up-Words-That-Describe-Obscure-Sorrows/
Why Do We Say: "It's A Doozy"?...

I was at the Ford Museum in Detroit recently and they had a couple Duesenberg Model J cars from the 1930s on display. As I was standing in awe of these cars, two women were standing next to me talking about how the phras...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/07/29/Why-Do-We-Say-Its-A-Doozy/
Illustrated Etymology

1844, from berserk (n.) "No...  ...d this nifty project called Illustrated Etymology , where he invited artists to illustrate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/17/illustrated-etymology/
The Expression "Sweating Like a Pig" Has Nothing to Do with Pigs...

Pigs don't sweat much, so they wallow in the mud to cool off their bodies. So how did the English language expression "sweating like a pig" develop? It's actually a reference to pig iron, which is form of iron smelting:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/29/the-expression-sweating-like-a-pig-has-nothing-to-do-with-pigs/
Origins of 10 Common Nicknames...

It's easy to see how some nicknames came to be. "Alex" for instance is often shortened to "Al." But do you ever wonder how "Richard" becomes "Dick," William becomes "Bill"...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/26/origins-of-10-common-nicknames/
5 Things About Shakespeare You Didn't Know...

AskMen has a pretty nifty post about the 5 things you didn't know about Shakespeare. Take, for instance, the word "torture" - yep, good ol' Will invented it (well, technically he made the noun "torture&quo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/01/08/5-things-about-shakespeare-you-didnt-know/
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