27 Interesting Facts About Words That You Probably Didn’t Know.

Word etymology is fun and interesting. There is always wonder in tracing back where words come from. Sometimes, some very common words have really weird origins. Like this list we put together a while back. The Book of Everyone did something similarly fun. They came with word facts that we think will blow your mind, especially if you are a word nerd like us. So, here is 25 word facts for you to digest and we hope they appeal to you. Please let us know what you think in a comment.

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Extraordinary Map Shows the Literal Meanings of City Names.

A while back, we published a map that shows the literal meaning of every country’s name and it was very informative and thought-provoking, and it stirred a lot of meaningful discussions. Today, we brought to you another map that is equally interesting. This map shows the meanings of the most famous cities around the world from all six continents. The map was put together by On The Go Tours. We broke it down into continents so you can gaze at each one individually. Please if you don’t see your city, add it in the comment section. Have a good read. Click on the images to enlarge. 

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Tea if by sea, Cha if by land: Why the world has only two words for tea.

There is an interesting pattern that the word ‘tea’ shows across the globe. With very minor exceptions, the world has only two words for tea. One is like the English tea (e.g. thé in French, in Spanish, and tee in Afrikaans). The other one is some variations of cha found in Arabic chay and Hindi cha for example. In what follows, we are going to explain the reason behind this duality.

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Map shows the literal meaning of every country’s name.

There are beautiful stories and meanings behind every country’s name. Well, there should be! Etymology is an interesting subject of its own, add in some geography to it and you will be amazed to find out how astonishing and weird the meanings of some countries’ names are.

 While you may know the meaning of your country’s name, other countries’ names remain a mystery to all of us. To unravel the mystery, Credit Card Compare created an insightful map in which they visualized the literal translations and meanings of every country’s name. Let’s break that down by continents. And hey, if the images are too small, just zoom in a little or open them in a new tab, they are in high resolution.

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20 Awesome Historical Words We Should Bring Back

 Language evolves whether we like it or not.  Language always gains words and features that are incredibly useful but down the road, it also loses equally important features. Below you will find 20 awesome English words that have long been forgotten which we should bring back to daily use.  

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These Are The Words With The Funniest And Weirdest Origins​.

If you’re a language nerd,  you probably find great joy in the origins of words. That’s because it’s fun! It’s always a joy to track the etymology of words. You can never know what you will find. Some words have pretty much fine etymologies. Other words, however, stun us with their completely unexpected etymologies. The Language Nerds did a little digging and compiled for you some of the words which have completely unexpected etymologies. Let’s see what we’ve got! 

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English Words You Didn’t Know Come From Arabic.

Arabic is one of the most ancient, varied, and beautifully scripted languages. It is spoken by nearly 400 million users, placing it among the most 5 spoken languages in the world. Its influence on Spanish since the time of the Moors is well known, but what’s less well known is how many commonly used English words were actually taken from Arabic. English didn’t borrow all of the words directly; they mostly came filtered through Latin, Turkish, French, Spanish, German, and/or Italian, and have changed in form — and sometimes meaning — since they left Arabic. Here is a list:

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