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2021-06-16 11:24:24 PM  
I'm supposed to have only one? Crap.
 
2021-06-16 11:31:55 PM  
Cromulent -- made up by the writers of The Simpsons
 
2021-06-16 11:44:06 PM  
Don't really give a shiat about insects.
 
2021-06-16 11:49:53 PM  
Hootenanny
 
2021-06-17 12:01:46 AM  
Nice. Used to mean ignorant, simple, stupid.
 
2021-06-17 12:11:47 AM  
Nightmare comes from the visions and experiences of people who suffered from sleep paralysis: they would be awakened from sleep by the night crusher, a demon who would sit on their chest as they lay immobile, and he would sometimes be accompanied in the room by a demonic horse with red eyes.
 
2021-06-17 12:27:46 AM  
I like their cheese danish.
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2021-06-17 1:32:12 AM  
Tempura, which was named that by the Japanese because they noticed that Portuguese traders ate battered seafood at certain times (tempores) of the year.
 
2021-06-17 2:17:48 AM  
Howdy

Originally it was a phrase "How do ye do?" It shortened first to "how'dye do" and then to "howdy do". Finally the "do" at the end was dropped and now its Howdy.
 
2021-06-17 2:39:21 AM  
Why the fark do we spell opossum with an o?
 
2021-06-17 3:22:13 AM  
I was recently looking into "blue balls." It originally referred to chancres or sores from STDs like syphilis, and it seemed the medical men of the early 20th century all agreed the term was a corruption of "buboes."
The meaning testicular pain from prolonged arousal didn't come till later (some slang dictionaries say the term is from the 1910s but I am dead certain they're mistakenly using the older meaning when they give that date) -- it's probably 1970s though the first really datable reference I could find with the term was a film from the 1980s.

I'm also a fan of terms like gyp, nubianrdly, and others where the word doesn't actually stem from what (racist) people think it does.
 
2021-06-17 3:31:24 AM  
Ginger. No, wait. Sporty.
 
2021-06-17 3:37:11 AM  
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2021-06-17 3:52:30 AM  

MattytheMouse: Why the fark do we spell opossum with an o?


It's derived from the Irish O'Possum.  The same word evolved along a separate line to give us Postum.
 
2021-06-17 4:25:34 AM  
Avocado is derived from the Aztec 'ahuakatl', meaning testicle, since they grow in pairs on the tree, and resemble testes.
 
2021-06-17 4:44:44 AM  
Smellyalater, descended from the original English "goodbye".
 
2021-06-17 5:36:38 AM  

SquareBear73: I'm supposed to have only one? Crap.


No, we each have two.  You have one you favor, that's all.  Like being right handed means you usually favor that side.
 
2021-06-17 6:02:25 AM  
Denim : Originated as a contraction of the French phrase serge de Nîmes, the place where a cotton twill with weaving that produces a diagonal ribbing was produced

Jeans: French for Genoa (the Italian city) where a twilled cotton fabric called 'Genoa fustian' was used to make durable workwear
 
2021-06-17 6:16:28 AM  

The Third Man: Tempura, which was named that by the Japanese because they noticed that Portuguese traders ate battered seafood at certain times (tempores) of the year.


Fun Fact: My Grandmother lived a block from Shaker Square in Cleveland just a short walk to the Stouffer's restaurant where I habitually ordered tempura shrimp.

As for etymology, my favorites are the malaprops. My friend and I were 30yrs old when I explained to him that it wasn't a wild "hair" that get's up your butt... it's a "hare" like a rabbit, which is why you're jumpy.
 
2021-06-17 7:10:23 AM  
Current compter terms come from odd places.  Strings were a collection of horses or cattle but is now a collection of letters in IT.  Buffers, accumulators and many of the fundamental parts of a processor are named after things in pipe organs that sometimes did the exact same thing but with air rather than electricity.  Much of the sorting and searching techniques came out of slang from rail yards.
 
2021-06-17 8:05:58 AM  

kudayta: Nice. Used to mean ignorant, simple, stupid.


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2021-06-17 9:32:12 AM  
Canary Islands. It means "islands of the dogs."
 
2021-06-17 12:10:17 PM  

Go'zirra: Avocado is derived from the Aztec 'ahuakatl', meaning testicle, since they grow in pairs on the tree, and resemble testes.


And that's also why Lawyers are Avocats (Same word for Avocado) in French. Because they are just a bunch of testes
 
2021-06-17 3:34:15 PM  

cherryl taggart: SquareBear73: I'm supposed to have only one? Crap.

No, we each have two.  You have one you favor, that's all.  Like being right handed means you usually favor that side.


Oh, good! I hate having to pick only one of something.
 
2021-06-17 6:49:47 PM  

montreal_medic: Go'zirra: Avocado is derived from the Aztec 'ahuakatl', meaning testicle, since they grow in pairs on the tree, and resemble testes.

And that's also why Lawyers are Avocats (Same word for Avocado) in French. Because they are just a bunch of testes


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