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…

History: Who’s story?

History – meaning stuff that happened in the past. No surprises, history is old, the word dates back to Proto-Indo-European (PIE), the common tongue of all modern Indian and European languages in around 3500 BCE. The PIE word it stems from is ‘Widtor’which is made up of two parts ‘wid’, actually a corruption of ‘weid’ meaning…

Cancer: Crab-like​

Cancer: Is a disease where cells in a specific part of the body begin to reproduce at an unnecessary and uncontrollable rate, destroying health and functional tissue nearby. It affects a huge proportion of people in the developed world and can be very traumatic for the patient as well as their loved ones. The word…

Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’

Phrase: ‘Piqued your interest’, meaning to capture your interest. The phrase is sometimes confused with ‘peaked my interest’, where the inference is that your interest has risen to a high point, or ‘peeked my interest’ by which I can only imagine people are alluding to some sort of hide and seek like game they feel…