Phrase: ‘Bane of my life’

Phrase: ‘Bane of my life’, this is used to refer to something extremely irritating to the speaker personally. The word bane is the interesting one here, it crops up in ‘wolfbane’, the name of a very poisonous plant and as a Batman baddie, but where does it come from? Bane comes from the old English…

Post – As in letters, as in stations

Post – Letters sent through a delivery system. We are used to letters arriving at the door but why is it called post? It dates back to the 1500s when horses were used to deliver letters between ‘posts’ in this case a place to be when on duty. Posts were established along a route so that…

Female – One who suckles

Female: according to Wikipedia, is ‘is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, that produces non-mobile ova (egg cells)’. So how did the word get into English? It came to us from French as the word ‘femelle’ around the 12 century CE. Before that it had came from Latin as ‘femella’ where interestingly it…