Category Archives: Etymology

History/origin of words and phrases

How Koi Fish Got Their Name

          As you might expect, words over time get a little altered from their original sound. Think of the old “grapevine” game you used to play as a kid -by the end, the original phrase was … Continue reading

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Hammock’s Deep History

          Back in the day (waaaay back in the day) there was a tribe that centered itself around what is now Florida as well as the West Indies.  This tribe was called the Arawakan.  A subsection … Continue reading

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Florida finally gets a name

                Often called the Sunshine State due to its many days filled with sunshine, Florida does not actually have more sunshine days than any other state –that honor goes to Arizona.  Florida was … Continue reading

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Ravens find a haven…in Baltimore

The Baltimore Raven are one of the newer teams in the NFL.  They got their start in 1996 when Art Modell decided he would like to move his Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.  This caused some controversy but ultimately Cleveland would … Continue reading

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Democrats, Republicans, elephants and donkeys, Oh My!

The Republican party was formed when certain members of what was known then as the Democratic-Republican Party left under pressures surrounding the anti-salvery movement in the 1850’s.  It has been more or less recognized as an official party since the … Continue reading

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Shedding some light on the moon: Blue Moon vs. Harvest Moon

The blue moon is one that happens every three years or so.  The typical lunar cycle works out to be one full moon every 29.53 days however dividing the number of days in a year (365.25) by the lunar cycle … Continue reading

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Jackpot!

There are many words in the English language that are used everyday where the origins are a complete mystery.  Most of the time people never stop to wonder where a word came from and just accept its use.  “Jackpot” is … Continue reading

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Cops: A police slang term explained

The thing about misinformation is that as long as no one bothers to actually look into the validity of something told to them, the erroneous information simply gets passed on to the next person.  Such is the case with the … Continue reading

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Ham radio: A pig pile of amateurs

As you drive down the road you may notice strange letters and numbers, in no particular sequence, plastered on the back of some car’s back windshields.  Those seemingly nonsensical codes are actually call signs of a ham radio operator.  The … Continue reading

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Pass the buck…and the responsibility

Oftentimes when one person is tasked with a job or responsibility and doesn’t wish to have this responsibility they would pass it on to someone else. This action of “passing the buck” originates back to the early days of the … Continue reading

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