Irish – The swollen people

In honour of St. Patrick’s day we’re going to have a look at what it means to be ‘Irish’, the word anyway. Irish, to refer to the people from Ireland, was first used in the 13th century. Believe it or not, it came from Norse; when the Vikings invaded in the 10th century they called…

Forest – Pine trees.

The word ‘forest’ joined English in the late 1200s and was used to describe an area of woodland allocated as royal hunting ground, during the period that the England was under French rule and the french brought many of their words into English, including this one. The french word ‘forest’ (you have to say it…

Home – To be settled

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 – Observer of beautiful forms

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 – Abandoned one

Vain – Having or showing undue or excessive pride in one’s appearance or achievements. The word actually has quite dark beginning, coming from the Latin word ‘vanus’ meaning ’empty void’ which was rooted in the Proto-indo-Eurpoean word ‘wano’ meaning ‘to abandon’.