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Here Are Twenty English Words With Cool Origin Stories That You Probably Didn't Know About
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Here Are Twenty English Words With Cool Origin Stories That You Probably Didn't Know About

These English words trace their roots to places and languages from all parts of the world and is an eye-opener.

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Language grows as it evolves with time, English is one such language that has time and again expanded its boundaries and amalgamated words from across the world as we use them on daily basis without knowing their origin. Every word has a special story behind it, Did you know that the word “bear" in many languages in Europe just means "brown thing”? After reading further we came across the meaning of the word, “Arctic” which draws its root from “arctus” which is Greek for bear, in short meaning, "land of bears." There are many such words whose origin is not known to many and is a part of our conversational vocabulary in a thread posted by u/ocddoc on Reddit.

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Here are a few interesting words which not only carry meanings of expression but also a fable of their own.

1.      Dashboard
The dashboard is a board on the front of a horse carriage meant to keep mud from kicking up on the passengers when the horse dashes. And over time it came to mean the front part of anything, even a computer interface is sometimes called a dashboard.