Thunder joined english in the 1200s, the old English word was ‘þunor’ (þ being pronounced the same as the modern ‘th’), it came to English from the proto-germanic word ‘thunraz’ which sounds silly but meant the same thing. ‘Thunraz’ was also the origin of the Norse word for thunder ‘þorr’ from which the Norse god/marvel…
Victory – To beat the enemy. The word was first applied to winning in the 1300s, and came, ironically enough, with the invasion of the French, the French word being ‘victorie’ was taken on-board by the beaten English, ‘victorie’ had its roots in the Latin ‘victoria’ which also means ‘victory’.
Home – The place that one lives The word ‘home’ comes from the old-English word ‘ham’ meaning ‘dwelling’ or ‘house’. This came from the Proto-Germanic word ‘Haimaz’, which also meant ‘house’ and was derived from the Proto-Indo-European word ‘tkoio’ meaning ‘to be settled’.
Kaleidoscope – small cylinder displaying varying patterns and colours when the user looks inside. The word ‘kaleidoscope’ dates back to 1817 and combined three Greek words ‘kalos’ meaning ‘beautiful’, ‘eidos’ meaning ‘shape’ and ‘scope’ meaning ‘to see’, the word ‘kaleidoscope’ means literally ‘observer of beautiful forms’, a name coined by the devices inventor David Brewster.
Vain – Having or showing undue or excessive pride in one’s appearance or achievements. The word actually has quite dark beginning, comeimg from the Latin word ‘vanus’ meaning ’empty void’ which was rooted in the Proto-indo-Eurpoean word ‘wano’ meaning ‘to abandon’.
Spectacle – A show worth beholding. The word ‘spectacle’ dates back to the first common language of all modern Indian and European languages – the word then was ‘Spek’ which meant ‘to see’, it is from this root that we get ‘spectacles’ as in glasses. In Roman times ‘spectaculum’ was used to refer to the…
Quid – Slang term for a British pound. Quid is used informally throughout Britain to refer to the pound but actually has very formal beginnings. The term dates back to the 1680s and is British slang based on Latin. In Latin ‘quid’ meant ‘essense’, essentially implying that money is at the core of existance.
Quiz – A short spoken or written test that is often taken without preparation Quiz, in it’s current meaning, came into usage in 1852, before which it was used to mean ‘odd person’ as far back as 1782, and it was used especially at universities to mean the subject of a prank.