This should be
the last part. Unless I find some that I missed.
Eel comes from the Old Englishael, which is just eel, not surprisingly. It comes from the Proto
Germanicaelaz, but no one knows
where it came from before that as there are no similar words in non-Germanic
languages. It’s still more of an explanation than we’ve had for some of these
Carp—as in the
fish, not like you’d carp about something orally, which is not related—showed
up in the late fourteenth century from
Frenchcarpe and Vulgar
Latincarpa. That’s actually
thought to also be Germanic in origin, as there is a Gothic word, karpa, that’s a word for a
fish. Pretty much the only thing they’re sure about is that it’s not related to the talk/speak version of
up in the fourteenth century from
the Old French maquerel, yet another
word with an unknown origin. Some people think that it’s from the classical Latin word macula, which means spot,
because of the spots on the fish, but they aren’t sure, and weirdly enough
there’s actually another Old French definition for maquerel where it means
agent, broker, or pimp. That one might just be a homophone, but there’s also a
theory that people named the fish because of its spawning habits or something.
Guppy is a
relatively recent word, having shown up in 1918,
when it became popular as an aquarium fish. It’s actually called that based off
the man it was named for, Robert John Lechmere Guppy.
So because that’s his name, that’s why we call it Guppy.
Now, perch has
more than one definition, but a perch that something sits on or to perch on
something is not related. The word for the fish first showed up in the
fourteenth century as perche, from the Old French perche—and since a perch that something
sits on is also spelled that way, the word confusion goes back at least that
far. But that perch is from a Latin word for pole (pertica),
while the fish is from the classical Latin perca,
their word for the fish,
and it’s not related to pertica in the slightest. It’s actually from the Greek perke, their word for perch,
from perknos, spotted, from the Proto
Indo European perk-, speckled or
spotted. Definitely nothing to do with poles.
There are a lot
of fish out there. I’m not even getting to all of them, just the ones I’ve
Shark showed up
in the mid sixteenth century, but the
first thing it says after that is it’s of “uncertain origin”. Apparently the
word came about when a sixteenth century ship captain brought a shark back to
London—go check out the link to the Etymology page and you’ll see an excerpt
from a handbill where it’s referred to as a “sharke” in Olde English Speake.
While shark as someone who preys on others is first noted at the very end of
the sixteenth century, one theory is that it actually appeared first and then the fish was named so, while
another theory is that it was taken from a Mayan word, xoc, which may have been their word for it. Now, sharks did have a
name in English before then, but it was tiburon,
from the Spanish word for shark, tiburón. And these days it’s also a town in California.
I was going to
look at angler here, but then I found out it’s just angle with an R at the end. How boring. So, pike. This one isn’t
terribly strange either, but it’s still amusing. It showed up in the earlyfourteenth century, and it’s named for
the polearm people use as weapons. See, the fish has a long, pointed jaw. It’s
also influenced by the French word for pike, brochet.
Yeah, nothing too crazy here.
Cod is fairly
old, having shown up in the mid fourteenth century (it actually appeared as part of a last name a century before that), and is
another one from an unknown origin. This one is kind of weird because there is
another cod, and that’s part of cod piece,
but there’s no known link between the words. That word is from the Old English codd, which meant bag or pouch (and yes,
it referred to a certain part of the male anatomy), and while there have been
weird etymology links before, that doesn’t seem to be where the fish came from.
words that have more than one meaning and aren’t related at all, we have bass.
The word for the fish showed up in the fifteenth century as a corruption of the Middle
Englishbaers. That’s from the
Old English baers, a fish, from the Proto
Germanicbars-, sharp and Proto
Indo European bhar-, point or
bristle. Apparently the fish’s dorsal fins look like bristles. And of course
the musical bass is not related. That’s a whole other kettle of fish.
Sometimes spam comments really do
make you feel better. I found you with the treasure I was looking for.
Look, it’s the local flirt. If I was
to pick an emoji reaction for this it would be 😬
Frankly, even if it was from the
real Federal Reserve Bank, I’d be noping out hard. I feel dirty even having it
in my spam box.
Okay, there’s so much to enjoy here.
First of all, “Good Morning My Dear”, such an excellent way to start what’s
supposed to be an official notification. Next is the fact that they call it
both a winning prize and an
inheritance fund. Like, make up your mind! Third is just the fact that they
make “overdue” into two words. I guess they don’t have a grammar check on their
“respond to this offer”?!! Don’t you
Mrs. Mary Susan. Such a perfectly
real name. Why, I know every member of the Susan family. At least, the Boston
Susans. I know nothing of the Westchester Susans.
asked, and honestly, I was probably going to look at these sooner rather than
later. Might as well do it now. I’m going to stick with the most common names because
there are a lot of them.
The word that
started this mess comes from the Old Englishfisc, fish,
and in spite of the C there, it’s actually pronounced the same. The verb fish
actually has a slightly different origin word, as its Old English form is fiscian. I guess they liked making things confusing so they dropped the last syllable.
Both words come from the Proto
Germanicfiskaz, which might be
from the Proto Indo
which is definitely the origin for Pisces.
But I love how they’re not actually sure it’s where fish comes from.
there’s not much known about this word. It showed up in the late seventeenth century from the Portuguese garupa, but where they got it is unknown
(it’s possibly South American in origin). However one thing is for certain:
it’s not related to group. At all.
up in the fourteenth century meaning
the fish—the other definition, to flounder, showed up in the sixteenth century,
and while it may be from the fish, it’s not definitely known, and obviously the
fish came first. The fish comes from the Anglo
Frenchfloundre, from the Old
North French flondre, Old Norseflydhra, and Proto Germanic flunthrjo. That’s from the Proto Indo
European plat-, the origin word for
flat. A flounder is a flat fish!
Tuna is a fairly
recent word, having shown up in 1881 from the American Spanish (specifically California) tuna. That’s from the Spanish atun,
which is actually taken from the Arabic tun,
which is then from the classical
Latinthunnus, which also means
That word certainly went a long route to English. If you’re wondering what we
called tuna before… it was tunny. Yeah.
That word showed up in the sixteenth century, thought to be from the Middle Frenchthon and Old Provençalton, which is also from thunnus.
Salmon showed up
in the early thirteenth century from
the Anglo French samoun, Old Frenchsalmun, and classical Latin salmonem, salmon.
Which, for the record, pronounced the L. Some people think that’s from the verb
salire, to jump,
and other people think the word is Celtic in origin. Salmon also replaced the
previous Old English word for the fish, laex,
which is the origin for lox, which is
also still used sometimes when referring to it.
I have to say,
these were weirder than I expected. I can’t wait to see what next week brings.
Yay, it’s time
for spam again! I can sense your excitement from here.
Okay, I actually
looked this guy up to see if he was real, and no, apparently he’s not. The only
John Blairs I’ve been able to find are way older than 25. Seriously, if
something’s that easily googled, maybe don’t go lying about it.
Sigh. I could
really use five thousand dollars about now.
No, my address is
Look at this
perfectly legitimate twitter follower. You were made to do hard thinks.
Why are there
bombs? Why are there always bombs on
these??? WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY INTEND BY THAT????? WHY DOES THIS BOTHER ME SO MUCH???????
spamming solutions for spamming. Cheers to them for actually picking something
I’d want this time for maybe the first time ever.
Now, I already did fanatic not that
long ago when I looked at words meaning crazy,
but quick recap: it’s actually from the classical Latin word festus, which means holiday.
The word fan that’s short for that showed up in 1889 as a word for baseball
enthusiasts. Now, for the rest of the fan words.
Fancy isn’t related to the above
words. It showed up in the mid fifteenth century as fantsy, which is actually a contraction
of fantasy. Fantasy showed up in the early fourteenth century meaning illusory appearance, or whimsical notion—the latter of which is what
fancy used to mean before evolving to mean imagination, and then in 1751,
meaning elegance. For some reason. Fantasy comes from the Old Frenchfantasie/phantasie, from the
classical Latin phantasia, fantasy,
from the Greek phantasia, imagination.
That word is related to phantazesthai,
from phantos, phantom,
from phainesthai, literally “it seems”,
from phainein, to show or bring to
light. And that one’s traced to the Proto Indo Europeanbha-, to shine. Man, what a rabbit hole
that one turned out to be.
Now let’s go back to the other kind
of fan, the one you use to cool yourself off with. The noun of the word comes from the Old Englishfann, while the verb from was fannian, and the words actually had to
do with sorting grain. Basically, a fann was something to shovel grain with,
and a fannian was the process of doing so. The words come from the classical
Latin vannus (there was no v in Old
English), which is a fan for, again, sorting grain.
One theory is that the word is related to ventus,
which would bring things full circle considering what we use fans for these
days. But it also might be another one of these huge coincidences that seem to
be eighty percent of etymology posts.
Well, we survived April. It wasn’t a
decade long like March was, but it was at least a few years. I think I spent
the entire time screaming. So if you heard a high pitched “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”
that was me.
Did I have goals for last month? It
was so long ago I can’t remember.
1. Finish edits for the other WIP so
it’s at the point where it’s ready for beta readers.
I didn’t do this. I wanted to, but every time I opened the file I couldn’t think
about anything but the… you know.
2. Finally finish working on the
notes I made for WIP’s sequel.
above. Honestly, I’m not blaming myself for this one. It was a really tough
month to be a human being.
3. Find a way not to be overwhelmed.
I did do
this, although I did it by starting a
completely new WIP. Yeah. Well, it was the only thing that distracted me.
That was April. Now for May.
1. Get to 50K on the new WIP. Since
I’m already at 10K and I just started a week ago, this shouldn’t be a problem.
2. If I have the time, keep working
on my old projects that I really shouldn’t abandon.
3. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. This
really isn’t a goal. Just something I needed to get out.
What are you doing this month? Stay
safe out there (or preferably isolated in your homes).