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The cubicle did not get its name from its shape, but from the Latin “cubiculum” meaning bed chamber.
The number 4 is the only number with the same number of letters as the meaning of its name.
The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
The word “bride” comes from an old proto-germanic word meaning “to cook”.
The word pencil comes from a Latin word meaning “small penis.”
The tires company Bridgestone got its name by translating the owner’s last name “Ishibashi” meaning “stone bridge” in Japanese.
“Canada” is an Iroquoian language word meaning “Village.”
“Science” and “shit” both come from the ancient word “skheid,” meaning to “separate” or “divide.”
Norway was originally called “Nordweg,” meaning the “Northern Way.”
There’s a small town in France called “La-mort-aux-Juifs,” meaning “Death to Jews.”
In the 1980s, the Statue of Liberty was found to suffer galvanic corrosion, meaning it had turned into a giant battery due to its paint and metal being exposed to salt water.
Bald Eagles are so named because “balde” is an Old English word meaning “white.”
Soccer fans in Italy are called “tifosi”, meaning “carriers of typhus”, because their fanatism is like a fever.
The word “infant” comes from the Latin word “infans”, meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”.
The official city motto of Paris is “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, meaning “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink.”
There’s a city in Brazil called “Nao-Me-Toque” meaning “Don’t Touch Me.”
Many American Civil War soldiers had “nostalgia” listed as their cause of death, meaning homesickness.
Some snakes, komodo dragons, sharks and turkeys are capable of “virgin births”, meaning, asexual reproduction.
“Kodokushi”, meaning “lonely death”, is a common Japanese phenomenon of people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time.
The static on TV is referred to as “myrornas krig” in Sweden, meaning “war of the ants.”