Tag: etymology

28 Are there any solid reasons for the "-st", "-nd", "-rd", and "-th" suffixes for numbers? 2013-12-20T04:41:57.990

28 Why is the adjective for "mutate" not "mutatable"? 2015-07-13T08:13:02.713

27 Why it is called 'Black Friday'? 2015-12-04T11:47:20.157

15 What does the nutshell in “in a nutshell” stand for? 2015-12-17T12:44:08.397

15 Why is a "coat of arms" called so? 2016-03-03T14:42:52.640

10 How were subject names decided and why? 2015-08-29T14:50:55.423

9 Why does the phrase "cross my fingers' mean just "cross middle finger over index finger"? 2018-08-27T01:01:26.700

8 McCoy, decoy, and coy 2016-10-23T08:11:04.490

8 Why do identical words such as: "uttermost" and "utmost" coexist? 2016-11-30T09:58:15.960

7 What are the differences between "receptacle" and "container"? 2017-06-26T08:39:47.930

5 What is the origin of the expression 'pull a fast one'? 2014-04-06T00:58:15.430

5 Strange structure of "is in a shambles" 2014-04-08T10:42:37.797

4 "Canal" vs. "Channel" 2013-03-08T08:44:16.843

4 What is the origin of the phrase "something is fishy" 2015-02-09T16:11:09.927

4 a fighting for the glory - how do you understand this type of grammar? 2015-02-16T19:50:54.300

4 Why does 'disposed' mean 'inclined'? 2015-03-19T01:06:11.057

4 What's the etymology of "in virtue of"? 2015-07-04T10:11:44.890

4 Using "like" at the end of the sentence. North-East like? 2017-01-31T08:27:50.910

4 What is the origin of "brake" in "press brake"? 2017-08-08T03:22:29.220

4 Etymology of "dog slow" 2017-09-01T02:56:27.063

3 Why named 'deduction' and 'induction'? 2014-08-19T14:02:37.090

3 What does "tiger" mean when applied to a person (profession)? 2015-01-03T12:28:38.470

3 What's the relation between "categorical" and "category"? 2015-01-24T14:40:01.313

3 What is the meaning of "lug" in "lug nut"? 2018-07-17T05:04:31.480

2 Why does "if it weren't for XXX" mean "if XXX didn't exist"? 2015-11-17T12:44:39.507

2 ‘Andersen’ and 'Anderson' – related? 2016-08-07T06:55:55.147

2 Show me the difference between the following suffixes? 2018-01-12T21:36:51.137

2 Questions about "Bad things come in twos/threes"? 2018-03-08T12:13:19.750

1 What is the origin of the word "ell"? 2013-02-27T23:18:05.010

1 Why was use of Mistress was considered vulgar during 1800's? 2014-03-17T16:52:41.020

1 Translation of snuff movies 2014-06-25T11:02:55.217

1 What's the logic behind this definition of 'to hold' ? 2014-08-18T08:21:28.453

1 I am curious. Curious in copula construction. Ambiguity? Convention? 2015-01-27T17:43:46.423

1 Data loss. How is it used in different ways 2015-04-16T15:07:20.267

1 "Funny": origin and evolution of the peculiar side of things? 2015-05-01T01:01:23.333

1 What does 'pick up' mean in: The questions are picked up in the ... cognitive science tradition 2015-06-04T09:42:51.970

1 Why are setup windows called "wizard"? 2015-06-29T07:22:29.393

1 An objection-objective relationship 2016-02-07T07:43:33.217

1 Origin of “run for it” idiom 2016-09-10T20:56:32.697

1 "rearing" without a mother fish? 2017-05-31T09:36:58.883

1 Interpret demystify literally 2017-12-07T01:30:17.400

1 How to imagine 'pull oneself together' is relevant to calm oneself down 2018-01-23T10:54:13.567

1 Why does "Hand Waving" have a meaning "omitting important details"? 2018-04-25T14:42:56.240

1 A word describing a word of mixed-language etymology 2018-06-03T01:09:43.497

1 Any reason for being called 'Chicken Fingers', given it's not made from fingers of chicken at all? 2018-09-04T01:56:04.333

1 Why the p in "receipt" is not pronounced? 2018-09-17T21:37:09.493

0 Why do we use "did" in simple past with every person but we use "do" or "does" in simple present? 2014-04-07T15:47:48.980

0 How does 'according as' = 'Depending on whether' ? 2014-08-14T14:46:40.903

0 Why does 'wilful' = 'willful' connote negativity? 2014-08-17T14:16:03.927

0 Why doesn't "aversion" correspond to "aver"? 2015-12-07T14:54:43.247

0 Why is "cat" alike to the corresponding word in other languages whereas "dog" is not? 2016-08-22T12:26:05.360

0 Through and through 2017-01-11T15:02:00.940

0 Pink and Blue phenomenon 2017-03-14T14:35:52.873

0 The word "Wednesday" 2017-05-10T18:57:38.427

0 Capsized ship or boat 2017-05-23T09:31:17.867

0 Where does "jump off the deep end" come from? 2017-07-28T16:15:51.577

0 What is the historical background of "too chicken"? 2018-04-06T06:16:07.253

0 Does the "ass" in “smart-ass”, “lard ass” etc. mean "smart donkey" or "smart butt"? 2018-09-08T22:47:42.627

0 A problem about the etymology of “expiate” 2018-09-09T01:29:58.477

0 Are brown and maroon different colors? 2018-09-13T12:18:40.440

0 The origins of xbow 2018-10-17T00:35:01.890

0 How can 'fulsome' be 'a case of ironic understatement'? 2018-10-17T21:11:32.760

-1 How to reason the etymology - “to proscribe” 2014-08-01T10:05:31.490

-1 What is the verb for amenable? 2017-01-05T18:37:30.657

-1 Words derived from ‘veni’ and ‘vidi’ of Latin 2018-04-04T16:11:57.453

-2 The word "Jaggernaut" originated from an Indian word 2016-08-05T18:43:20.177

-3 How does “to discharge” develop to mean “to do everything necessary to perform and complete a duty”? 2014-08-19T08:05:50.240