Quid – Essence

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 ‘essence’, essentially implying that money is at the core of existence.

Quiz – Butt of the joke

Quiz – A short spoken or written test that is often taken without preparation Quiz, in its 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.

​Viking – Someone who takes trips

Viking – Norse seafarer, mainly speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Northern European homelands. The use as ‘Scandinavian pirate’ can be dated back to 1801 and comes from the old Norse word ‘vikingr’ meaning ‘see-rover’, which was actually a variant of the Latin word ‘vicus’ meaning ‘village’, in the 10th…

Wine – Older than words

Wine – Alcoholic drink made from fermented grapes. Make no mistake about it, wine is old, humans have been making, and drinking, wine since just about straight after we managed to stand on two legs. So of course, the word ‘wine’ dates back to the oldest common language of India and Europe – Proto-Indo-European, the…

Oaf – Norse Elf

Oaf – A person acting foolishly, usually through negligence or lack of understanding. The word ‘oaf’ has been used since the 1630s and is a slight change from an earlier word, ‘auf’ which was old Norse for ‘elf’. The word was used initially to mean a silly person in a fun manner, but has recently…