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’.

Radio: From the Latin for ‘Beam’

Radio: The transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of radio frequency. ‘Radio’, as a word, has been in use in England since 1907 and is a shortening of ‘radio-receiver’. It can be traced back to the Latin word ‘radius’, meaning ‘beam’. It was much more common to call a radio a wireless (shortening of ‘wireless…

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.