Macabre – Jewish rebels

Macabre – Disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death. Macabre is derived from the Latin word ‘Maccabees’ – who were the leaders of a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea in around 164 BCE (Maccabee was a family name). The Greeks thought they were pretty horrid and used the phrase ‘Machabæorum’ which…

Pencil – Really small penis

Pencil – An instrument for writing or drawing, consisting of a thin stick of graphite or a similar substance enclosed in a long thin piece of wood or fixed in a cylindrical case. The word pencil dates back to before pencils as we know them today – which can be dated back to the 16th…

Follow – Full speed chase

Follow – To go or come after The word ‘follow’ comes from the Old English word ‘folgian’ which meant ‘to pursue’. It can be traced back to the Proto-Germanic word ‘fulg’ which was a contraction of ‘ful-gan’ meaning ‘full-going’ referring to a chase where the follower is going at full speed.

Nightmare – Suffocating goblins

Nightmare – A frightening or unpleasant dream. Ever have that dream where you’re being suffocated? It’s a common one, and it actually gave us the term nightmare. A ‘mare’ was another term for a ‘goblin’, particularly one who spent their time suffocating sleepers. The ‘mare’ part comes from the Proto-Germanic word ‘maron’ and originally from…