Martin O'Leary, Twitter user and self-proclaimed science-doer, and maker of Weird Internet Stuff, must have had a few hours to spare this week when he decided to retrace the etymology of the English Language (or at least some of it).
Little did he know that his time would prove to be well spent, as his homemade etymology charts are blowing people's minds across the internet.
Way to go, Martin, thanks for the weird stuff.
via: TwitterIt turns out, people have a thing for etymology.
via: TwitterMartin O'Leary has gotten quite the response since tweeting out his homemade etymology charts, in which he traces back the history of over twenty English words.
via: TwitterMartin's original tweet was captioned, "Languages are bananas," and it turns out, the internet agrees.
via: TwitterBananas indeed, Martin!
YAS GIMME THEM ETYMOLOGIES https://t.co/KfkujlPaLy— lockdown!sausagepotato (@lockdown!sausagepotato)1517519579.0
Wow, turns out ye’re all wild for that Proto-Indo-European content (*kom-ten “to stretch beside”) https://t.co/Xrz0EcTbry— Martin O'Leary (@Martin O'Leary)1517519150.0
@noop_noob The original English meaning of “flavour” is “smell”, then specifically “the part of taste which depends… https://t.co/Jwng7FI3yq— Martin O'Leary (@Martin O'Leary)1517517461.0
r u saying “dachshunds” are literally “badger dogs”??? https://t.co/g7qckBkD7P— ًyou looked sad that's why i (@ًyou looked sad that's why i)1517532086.0
Husband, neighbor, bumpkin.Here is where my Slumdog moments ends and I join the rest of Twitter in their awe of Martin's mindblowing madness. However, being married with a long history of apartment tenancies, I should have known that "husband" and "neighbor" are both close cousins of "bumpkin," which Dictionary.com translates as " ." Sounds about right.
@mewo2 @aparrish WHAT'S THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD "DOG"? ASKING FOR A FRIEND THANKS— NOT A DOG (@NOT A DOG)1517577603.0
O'Leary exposes one of etymology's unsolved mysteries.
To quote https://t.co/WA2S77Q58l this is "one of the great mysteries of English etymology". "dog" shows up out of… https://t.co/GSp8e3Im93— Martin O'Leary (@Martin O'Leary)1517582301.0
"dog" shows up out of nowhere in the 1200s (as "dogge"), replacing "hound" by the 1500s. "hound" is ultimately from PIE kwon "dog", which also gives us "kennel", "canary" and "cynic."Still no word on "dog," but we're good on "canine." Moving on.
via: TwitterReligious fanatics everywhere will be thrilled to learn that there is, in fact, a connection between "Science" and "sh*t" (excuse my language). Of course, the correlation, at this point, is purely etymological but that shouldn't stop Darwin doubters from having a field day.
via: TwitterCharts continue to reveal etymology's unexpected connections.
via: TwitterFunny that "entertain" comes from "to hold together."