Ketchup: Chinese fish sauce

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…

Apocalypse Cancelled

Apocalypse: Greek apokalyptein “uncover, disclose, reveal”. With the news of the day we thought an appropriate word would be ‘Apocalypse’. But the good news is, we don’t need to worry about an apocalypse. Sadly not because the end of the world is not nigh , but because that’s not actually what apocalypse means in its…

Guacamole: From the Aztec for testicle soup

Guacamole has a rather interesting etymology; its origin dates back to the Aztec people of South America and was originally “ahuacamolli” (their language bearing many similarities to modern day Spanish), a combination of  “ahuácatl”, meaning testicles and “Molli” meaning soup. The reason the word “ahuácatl” crops up here is because it was the Aztec people’s…