Category: Word Archaeology

Word Archaeology: gargoyle

This word, particularly in Gothic architecture, refers to a carved grotesque with a spout that’s designed to take water away from a rooftop and divert it...

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Word Archaeology: futhark

This word refers to an alphabet that started with 24 angular characters, derived from both Latin and Greek. Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons used futhark runes for inscriptions...

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Word Archaeology: fleer

This word, first used in the 15th Century, means to derisively laugh or grimace. It derived from the Middle English “flerven”, but that word is Scandinavian,...

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Word Archaeology: flak

This word, first used about 1938, is derived from the German phrase “fliegerabwehrkanonen”, a combination of “flieger” (flyer), “abwehr” (defense), and “kanonen” (cannons). It refers to...

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Word Archaeology: finnesko

This word, derived from the Norwegian “finnsko” (“finn” for Finnish and Old Norse “sko” for shoe), refers to a furred boot made from tanned reindeer skin....

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Word Archaeology: fenestra

This word, first used circa 1737, refers to small anatomical openings in certain bones (especially in the skull). Fenestra is derived from the Latin word for...

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