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By Mark Forsyth
Are you aware why…
…a personal loan is actually a dying pledge? …why weapons have ladies’ names? …why salt is said to soldier?
You’re approximately to determine…
The Etymologicon (e-t?-‘mä-lä-ji-kän) is:
*Witty (wi-te\): filled with shrewdpermanent humor
*Erudite (er-?-dit): displaying knowledge
*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive
The Etymologicon is a very unauthorized advisor to the unusual underpinnings of the English language. It explains: the way you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you're completely correct to think that your meager wage slightly covers “money for salt”; how the most important chain of espresso outlets on the earth (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what exactly the Rolling Stones need to do with gardening.
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Occasionally, it’s easily a slip of a child’s tongue. Peter Pan and occasionally names pop out of just about not anything. W. E. Henley (the poet who wrote Invictus and never a lot else)8 had a daughter named Margaret. Margaret died whilst she used to be in basic terms 5 years previous, yet now not ahead of she had met J. M. Barrie. She cherished Mr Barrie and attempted to name him her friendy, yet being simply 5 and horribly sick, all she can make of the be aware used to be wendy. J. M. Barrie then went off and wrote a play a few boy referred to as Peter Pan who takes a woman and her brothers off to Neverland. He named the heroine Wendy in reminiscence of little Margaret Henley. So he gave her a type of immortality, for the play used to be so renowned that oldsters began to identify their daughters after the important personality. even if, why you will identify your daughter after a lady who runs clear of domestic with an odd boy the second one the dog’s now not taking a look, is a secret. regrettably, in Peter Pan, Wendy is shot with an arrow and dies. even though, her demise isn’t a major subject, as after a bit of of make-believe she recovers adequate to begin making a song in her sleep. Her tune is ready how she wishes a home, and so Peter and his affiliates construct a tiny cottage round her dormant physique. This used to be, in fact, the 1st Wendy apartment. again in London, Mr Darling, Wendy’s father, is quite morose concerning the disappearance of his progeny. He realises that it’s all his fault, as he had compelled the family members puppy to sleep out within the kennel. So, as a penance, he is taking to slumbering within the kennel himself. in truth, he by no means leaves the kennel in any respect and is transported to paintings in it each day. he's scrupulously well mannered and increases his hat to any girl who appears to be like inside of, yet he continues to be within the doghouse. And so renowned used to be Peter Pan that Mr Darling’s destiny grew to become a word. So that’s a reputation, a noun and a word: all from one tale. yet Barrie additionally took names that were round already. the main recognized admirer of Peter Pan used to be Michael Jackson, a singer and composer of indeterminate tan, who named his domestic Neverland. which means Mr Jackson should have been operating from the novelisation, simply because within the unique play of Peter Pan, Peter doesn’t dwell in Neverland, yet in by no means by no means Land, a reputation that Barrie obtained from a completely genuine position. The very remotest and such a lot unwelcoming components of Australia, in Queensland and the Northern Territory, are referred to as by no means by no means Land, even though this day this can be shortened through Australians to The by no means by no means. Why supply a spot a reputation that refers to time? there were quite a few factors for that. It used to be claimed in 1908 that it was once known as by no means by no means simply because those that lived there by no means by no means desired to go away, a proof so remarkably unconvincing that it merits a prize. An past and extra believable tale comes from the Gentleman’s journal of 1862: there's in a definite a part of Australia a large and desert of land, a heart-breaking sector which has been christened the ‘Never-Never’ land. it's so referred to as, i think, from the impact which its drouthy wastes express to the brain of the visitor on first rising inside of its loveless limits that he'll by no means back emerge therefrom.