Strange Word Origins

Language is one of the most effective ways to express your thoughts. With around 171,000 words in the English language, you could communicate almost any feeling or thought. Some these words have very unusual origins, and three of these are listed


This list could not be complete without at least one word that was created by William Shakespeare. He is well-known for creating many words for his plays.The word was first used in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the sentence :”What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, so near the cradle of the fairy queen?”



We can owe the use of the word “jumbo” P.T. Barnu. In 1880, he bought an elephant, named Jumbo, for his circus. The name was likely inspired the Swahili words, “jambo” and “jumbo.” Common use of the word started in 1883, because of the fame that the elephant had.



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