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Were They Came From
NEW ONE EVERY MONTH
the Chinese invented "ke-tsiap"... a concoction of pickled fish
and spices (but no tomatoes). By the early 1700s its popularity had spread
to Malaysia, where British explorers first encountered it. By 1740 the
sauce, called "ketchup" in the western world, was an English
staple and it was popular in the American colonies. Tomato ketchup was
invented until the 1790s, when New England colonists first mixed tomatoes
into the sauce. (Before this time tomatoes were
thought to be poisonous, being
a relative of the deadly nightshade)
ESCAPE ~ In
Latin, escape means "out of cape". The ancient Romans would
often avoid capture by throwing off their capes when fleeing.
ASSASSIN ~ From
the old Arabic word "hashshshin", which meant, "someone
who is addicted to hash" [marijuana]. Originally refered to a group
of warriors who would smoke up before battle. The hashshshins or assassins
were a sect of warriors who controlled a number of fortified towns in
Persia for about 200 years.
CAMOUFLAGE ~ The
original meaning of camouflage was smoke blown into the eyes, blinding
the person to what was happening around them. From the French camouflet,
meaning puff of smoke; and camoufler, to disguise
from the Old English cwellan "to kill, murder,
execute", Old Saxon quellian "to torture, kill", Old Norse
kvelja "to torment", Middle Dutch quelen "to vex, tease,
torment;" Old High German quellan "to suffer pain," German
quälen "to torment, torture". The milder sense of "suppress,
extinguish" was developed by c.1300
* LIBERTY ~ from
the Latin words "Liber,"
"Libera," and "Liberum" -- with a Long I -- came from
the root meaning, "to pour." From this, we get the word "Liberty"
(pronounced with a short I), from the freedom we feel when we get drunk
Slaves given to the ancient
Roman soldiers to reward
them for performance in battle were known as addicts. Eventually, a person
who was a slave to anything became known as an addict.
The word came from Old English cyssan : to kiss, in turn from
coss : a kiss.
Among the first known written descriptions of mouth-to-mouth kissing are
included in the epic poem, Mahabharata, written 3,000 years ago in ancient
NARK ~ Romany
"nak" meaning nose
1860 we started to use the word to discribe a
person who stuck his nose into peoples business to inform on them, such
as a copper's nark
* ORCHID ~ Greek:
Orkhis meaning testicle
.... The plant is so named because of the similarity of the shape between
its tubers and a testicle. There are more than 22,000 species of orchids.
Latvian: Selesian from
Silesia .... The large area in central Europe known as Silesia was once
noted for fine quatily fabrics that were often shipped out of the Baltic
ports of Latvia. When poor quality imitations began arriving the Latvians
coined the derogatory term, sleazy
used for the now
great auk of Newfoundland, but shifted to the Antarctic bird, found by
Drake in Magellan's Straits in 1578 is from 1580s. Of unknown origin,
though often asserted to be from Welsh.. pen "head" + gwyn "white".
The great auk had a large white patch between its bill and eye.
XMAS ~ sometimes
pronounced eksmas, but it, and variants such as Xtemass, originated as
handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation krismas. The "-mas"
part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the "X"
comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek
word Xpiotoc, translated as "Christ". There is a common misconception
that the word Xmas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious
tradition from Christmas by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas".
Early use of "Xmas" includes Bernard Ward's History of St. Edmund's
college, Old Hall, originally published circa 1755. An earlier version,
"X'temmas", dates to 1551.Around 1100 the term was written as
"Xpes mæsse" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
* BANK ~ latin:
banco... meaning a bench. Visitors to ancient Rome were only allowed to
use the Roman currency and had to visit money changers who set up benches
where they transacted their business
* LIBRARY ~ latin:
liber -- with a long I -- meaning, "to peel"; the thin coating
found on the inner bark of the Egyptain papyrus marsh
plant, peeled off was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for making
paper, but the word paper comes from the latin.. papyros, the marsh plant.
~ a hair style
for men or women , like a bun, when hair is rolled up into a kind of knot
on the crown of the head and held with clasps ~ from ancient Grecian times