What do Chickens have to do with Chicken Pox?

Chickens have nothing, really absolutely nothing to do with chicken pox. The scientist’s needed a name for the highly contagious but less fatal than it’s deadly and dreaded small pox form, the other form of chicken pox. Because small pox was already named they needed another name for this different less deathly form. To make it clearly different from the other form they named it unscientifically Chicken Pox.

Did you know? Even animals have the pox diseases, specially the chicken pox, the animals that resemble us, chimpanzees and other primates.

What are the origins of “eeney, meeney, miney, moe”?

Everyone has heard this at least once in their childhood, if they lived in an English speaking country. There might be version for different language and culture, though I can’t confirm that. The myth is that the Druids used it to decide who to sacrifice and it was some kind of counting system in the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic or Welsh language. Thought the latter is not proven but the first one has been considered real for a longtime.

The first ever time this rhyme ever appeared was in 1855, but it dates back far long before that. At that time the words were different from the present ones, for example it was “Hanna,mana,mona, mike”. It follows the same trend, three words starting with m and one with another.

Why is a duplicate an “spitting image”?

Often if you look similar to someone, example your dad, people will say you look like a spitting image of your dad. But where does this weird expression come from, maybe it has a reference to spirit and image…No that’s to unrelated to be it. At the apex of the British empire, just about every man  would spit in their boots to polish it. And the shine would reflect their face, that’s where the term originated.

Did you know in 1922 the British empire was one of the largest empires of all time, with a control over 458 million people and over 33 million km2 of lands in their possession.

Where did the word Tomboy started from?

A tomboy, these days is what we call a girl that has the attributes of a boy. These are girls that wear cloths like boys and often are interested in what men are like sports something not many other women like. And they often befriend boys more often than girls but normally a boy has more boy friends than girls and vice versa.  The 1500s term meant a girl who was rude and aggressive not necessarily one similar to a boy. Before that time it was a boy who was rude and not a girl. If you research a bit the habits of a tomcat you might understand what the tomboy attitude really is. In 1930, the meaning of the word changed it meant a girl who liked the company of other men, more specifically it meant prostitutes.

The anglo-saxon origins of the word are tumbere which meant to dance and tumble.

Why are thugs called Hooligans?

In 1898, a London newspaper wrote a bunch of articles about a gang known as “Hooley’s Gang”, they would call themselves Hooligans. Strangely, the word appeared in San Francisco and New York at the same time. But no one ever named Hooley was found, it was presumed that Hooley was an Irish reference for Rowdy, Wild.

Other sources claim the word originated from another criminal named Patrick Hoolihan. He was a bouncer and a thief in London, borough of Southwark. Few other theories claim that it was an Irish family in the borough of Southwark, they were known as the Hoolihans and were very wild. And the other other theories suggest just that the word houlie, Irish, is the meaning of wild and hooligan comes from that.

Why is a hero’s helper called a Sidekick?

The word sidekick is often used to describe a personne who is helper of someone. Most often used as a term for a special buddy, helper, it is can be often found in Comic books, like Batman and his sidekick Robin are the most obvious pair.. The origins of the word are associated to crime rather than fantasy and comics. It was used to describe a close male associate, it first came into use in 1905. Often used by pickpockets to name their partner in crime.  Kick’s were the term in early 1900s to describe a man’s pants. And their pockets were on the side of their kicks so if you fusion the two words together you get a sidekick.

The pickpocketing process would work like this, one man would bump into you then distract you by talking to you and then the sidekick would snatch something from you really quickly.

Why are photographers called “Paparazzi”?

The word is often used to describe photographers who specialize in photos of celebrities. The word has become tag for this people who follow celebrities to take annoying pictures of them. The word came to be in Frederico Fellini’s 1960 film La Dolce Vita, the word was taken from that movie and became synonymous with pesky photographers in 1968. There was a character in the movie named Signor Paparazzo(singular form of paparazzi) he was obnoxious, creepy and stalker, he was hated by the celebrities.

Before the modern meaning the Italian word meant a buzzing insect which isn’t far of a what modern paparazzi is to the stars.

Why is the mystical board game called “The Ouija Board”?

It has many different name but basically an Ouija Board is a talking board if used correctly one can communicate with spirits through it. This board game has been around since the 4th Century but the patent was obtained by someone only in 1854, by a German professor and later by the Parker Brothers in 1966.

The game it self starts with communication with spirits, the first question often is, are there any spirits here? Which the answer is in the name of the game, Oui is the french word for Yes and Ja is the German word for Yes, the German word can be associated to the German professor but the origins of the French part are unknown.

Why is cooking outside called a “Barbeque”?

Everybody loves BBQs, specially in summer, out in the lake behind your parents house making some really great barbeque for all of the family.. If you haven’t noticed yet the word doesn’t look anything like an English word or one with an Anglo-Saxon background. Well it’s simply because it comes from the Native Americans, when the Spanish visited an island on the Caribbean, the Arawak people showed them the barbacoa, which was a structure they used to sleep on and cook large animals on. The Spanish borrowed the word for whenever they used to cook whole large animals over a fire. The word spread out and the English called it barbecue too, but a c instead of the Q.

Did you know the first people that Christopher Columbus found out in the New Worlds which he thought was India, were the Arawaks. The Spanish said they were a primitive civilization but also peaceful and not a warrior race.

Why are some restaurants called “Bistro’s”?

We know that there are normal restaurants and then there are bistros. Which more often are smaller than a normal restaurant. But where did this word come from, it has no roots to culinary or restaurant’s of any kind or in anyway. Rumors and legends has it that Russian Cossacks occupied Paris in the 1815s, they were rude and like very quick service. If the service didn’t meet their demands or were to slow in their work, they would shout “Bistro!” which sounds a lot like the Russian word for quickly, which looks like this Russian “быстро”. Many think this theory is plausible because it obviously has no roots to culinary things or French.. Nowadays bistro is a small restaurant which is often in the downtown that promises quick and intimate service.

Did you know Cossacks were a branch of the Russian army, many other Eastern European nations like Ukraine had one too. They are a very organized unit of the government they still exist in Russia.