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Words You Use Every Single Day Have Some Surprisingly Wild Origins.

Words You Use Every Single Day Have Some Surprisingly Wild Origins.

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Most people say lots and lots of words every day. In fact, it's hard to keep track of the sheer volume. (Some studies suggest an average of 10,000-20,000 words a day.) But why do we say the things we do? The study of etymology uncovers all the reasons we call things what we call them. The origins can be pretty straight forward, but sometimes they're so strange that it's impossible to tell how they ever decided on it in the first place. These words have common uses in everyday life, but their animal-based origins range from totally understandable to totally bizarre. Flickr From the Old English term "hengest" meaning horse, originally used for the knight or servant who accompanied noble folk on horseback. ...