Loophole; named for the small holes through which archers would fire, Read more:

Loophole: Is made up of ‘Loop’, which actually originates in the Latin ‘loupa’, later ‘loupe’ in middle English, which meant a small window. And ‘hole’, which comes from the proto-Indo-European (PIE) word ‘kel’, which later became ‘hul’ in early German and ‘hohl’ in modern German. Today loophole is used to mean an almost unnoticeable hole in a…

Muscle: Latin for ‘little mouse’, Read more:

Muscle: Is actually a word we’ve borrowed from the French, which has its roots in the Latin word ‘musculus’, ‘mus’ refered to a mouse and ‘sculus’ meant little. So the word literally meant ‘little mouse’; the Romans felt that the movement of muscles resembled the movements of little mice under the skin. This is idea…

Ketchup: Chinese fish sauce, Read more:

Ketchup has a fairly recent etymology but has still come a long way in that short time. The word comes from a 17th century Chinese term ‘kê-chiap’ meaning ‘Brine’ and referred to a sauce made from pickled fish and spices. 18th century British explorers visiting the region brought the term (and the sauce) to England…