Tea – A name, and a drink, perfected over time

Tea – The national drink of the English From the 1590s we used the word ‘chaa’ which came from the portuguese word ‘cha’, having its origins in the Chinese word ‘ch’a’, all referring to similar drinks, but then we were talking about a drink of foreign cultures. Later, in the mid 1600s, we started to…

​Video – Something to be seen

Video – A sequence of images processed electronically into an analog or digital format and displayed on a screen with sufficient rapidity as to create the illusion of motion and continuity. The word video dates back to 1935 and is a variant of the Latin word ‘videre’ meaning ‘to see’, it was converted to a…

Voyeur – one who sees

Voyeur – someone having a sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors. The word ‘voyour’ comes directly from French, though in French its meaning was slightly different, it meant ‘somebody who inspects’. It was a variant of ‘voir’ meaning ‘to see’ and coming from the Latin ‘videre’ which also…

​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.