Kettle – Cooking vessel

Kettle – A metal container used for heating water. ‘Kettle’ has evolved from the old English word ‘cetil’ and referred to any vessel for boiling or heating liquids over fire. It can be traced back through Proto-Germanic where it was ‘katilaz’ to the Latin word ‘catillus’ which really meant any vessel for cooking.

Communist – From French ‘commun’

Communist – A person who follows the philosophy of communism. The word ‘Communist’ came to English in 1841, from the French word ‘communiste’ which is a variant of ‘commun’ meaning ‘common’. It was first used in its politically ideology sense in 1841 by John Goodwin Barmby.

Bank – ‘Shelf’

Bank – An institution where one can place and borrow money. The word ‘Bank’ can be dated back to the 15th century when it referred to a table used for dealing with money, it has its origins in the Proto-Germanic word ‘bankiz’ which meant ‘shelf’.

Number – To allot

Number – An arithmetical value. The word ‘Number’ joined our language in the early 1300s, it was a variant of he French word ‘noumbre’ which itself was a variant of the Old French word ‘nombre’. The root word here is the Proto-indo-Eurpoean word ‘nem’ which meant ‘to allot’.

Skeleton – To wither

Skeleton – The part of a body that forms the supporting structure. The word ‘skeleton’ comes from the Latin ‘sceleton’ and before that from the Greek ‘skelletos’ which meant ‘dried up body’ such as remains. It is rooted in the Proto-Indo-Europen word ‘skele’ which meant ‘to wither’.