Cancer: Crab-like​

Cancer: Is a disease where cells in a specific part of the body begin to reproduce at an unnecessary and uncontrollable rate, destroying health and functional tissue nearby. It affects a huge proportion of people in the developed world and can be very traumatic for the patient as well as their loved ones. The word…

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…

Antithesis: To put against

Antithesis: something which is the opposite of the subject. It was first used in the 1530s where it described, particularly, the opposition of something in rhetoric. It comes from the Greek ‘antitithenai’ which was made up of two parts; ‘anti’ meaning ‘against’ and ‘tithenai’ which meant ‘to put’ or ‘to place’, so effectively ‘antithesis’ means…

Cool: hip, but as old as language itself

Cool: Cool is… well it’s cool. The usage of it to mean ‘fashionable’ or ‘good’ started in the early 1900s, but it’s etymology can be traced to way before that, in fact it has its root in the proto-Indo-Eurpoean culture. The etymology of ‘cool’ in this sense, entwines with the etymology of the word ‘cool’…