Ghost – Excitement

Ghost – An apparition of a dead person. Ghost is derived from the Old English word ‘gast’ which meant ‘breath’. ‘Gast’ was in turn derived from the Proto-Germanic word ‘gaistaz’ and ultimately came from the Proto-Indo-Eurpoean word ‘gheis’ which meant ‘excitement’ or ‘fear’.

Blue – Originally meant ‘pale’

Blue – A colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day. The word ‘Blue’ has been use in English since around the 1300s, though the spelling was slightly differnt (Bleu) the meaning was the same. ‘Bleu’ joined our language from Old French where it meant ‘pale’ and…

Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’

Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’, meaning to capture your interest. The phrase is sometimes confused with ‘peaked my interest’, where the inference is that your interest has risen to a high point, or ‘peeked my interest’ by which I can only imagine people are alluding to some sort of hide and seek like game they feel…

Phrase: To whet your appetite

Phrase: To ‘Whet your appetite’ meaning to stimulate your appetite, usually used not only to refer to eating but an appetite for anything. This phrase is sometimes confused with ‘wet my appetite’, which makes sense, as it could relate to the notion of salivating. It’s easy to imagine how the phrases could get confused as…

Fake – To polish

Fake – not genuine; imitation or counterfeit. It’s a word which has been thrown around a lot lately, especially in the American media, but where does it come from? It’s past is actually rather murky; it has it’s origins in criminal slang and was a word used to deliberately confuse – so that those who…