Guacamole: From the Aztec for testicle soup

Guacamole has a rather interesting etymology; its origin dates back to the Aztec people of South America and was originally “ahuacamolli” (their language bearing many similarities to modern day Spanish), a combination of “ahuácatl”, meaning testicles and “Molli” meaning soup. The reason the word “ahuácatl” crops up here is because it was the Aztec people’s…

I – Lazy ‘Ich’

I – Used by a speaker to refer to himself or herself. ‘I’ is such a common word, we use it all the time to refer to ourselves, but why ‘I’? The word is a shortening of a 12th Century word ‘Ic’ and came from the Proto-Germanic word ‘Ek’ – as did the modern German…

Bumblebee – Buzzing hummer

Bumblebee – A large hairy social bee which flies with a loud hum, living in small colonies in holes underground. The word actually used to be ‘humbul-be’ but became bumblebee in the late 14th century due to an association with the ‘buzzing’ noise they make. ‘Humbul-be’ was used formally because the noise was commonly described…

Explain – To unfold

Explain – To make (an idea or situation) clear to someone by describing it in more detail or revealing relevant facts. This word dates back to the early 15th century and has its origins in the Latin word ‘explanare’ which meant the same thing. ‘Explanere’ actually combined two other words; ‘ex’ meaning ‘out’ and ‘planus’…