Boat – Wood splitting

Boat – Vessel for traveling on water ‘Boat’ has evolved from an old English word ‘bat’ which, in turn, came from a Proto-Indo-European word ‘bait’. Its root word is the Proto-Indo-European word ‘bheid’ which meant ‘split’ and referred to the splitting of tree that was necessary to build boats.

G-String – Native American attire

G-String: A garment consisting of a narrow strip of cloth attached to a waistband that covers only the genital area, worn as underwear or by striptease performers. You might not expect it but the word ‘G-string’ dates back to the 1800s and is a shortening of ‘geestring’, the name for the loincloth worn by native…

Grass: Growing

Grass: Vegetation consisting of typically short plants with long, narrow leaves, Grass comes from the Proto-Germanic word ‘grasan’ which comes, originally, from a Proto-Indo-European word ‘ghre’ which meant ‘to grow’.

Cup – From the Proto-Indo-European word for pit

Cup: A small bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle. ‘Cup’ comes from the old English word ‘cuppe’ (which is also where we get the word ‘coupe’) and before that from the Latin word ‘cupa’ which meant ‘tub’ or ‘barrel’. The root word is the Proto-Indo-European word ‘keup’ which meant ‘pit’.

Protest: To testify forward

Protest: A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. ‘Protest’ came into the English language in about 1400 CE, it came from French and derives from their word ‘preotester’ which was in turn from the Latin ‘protestari’, both meaning ‘to declare publicly’. ‘Protestari’ was a combination of two Latin words; ‘pro’ meaning…

Belly – Leather bag

Belly: The front part of the human trunk below the ribs, ‘Belly’ has evolved from ‘belg’ in old English and joined our language with the Saxons who used the word ‘bælg’ to mean ‘leather bag’, over time the word meaning changed and by the 12th century began to refer to the part of the anatomy,…