Have you ever wondered where certain words and phrases came from? Have you ever pondered the history behind them? If so this blog is for you.
What’s in a Word? will explore the history and origin of words and phrases. Why would I write about the history and origin of words and phrases? Well as a writer with a B.A. in English, I have an interest in this kind of thing. In addition it allows me to combine my love of the written word with my love of history.
I love history, like many history fanatics, I have my favourite eras and geographic areas that I am most interested in. Last year I discovered the Mysteries at shows: Mysteries at the Monument, Mysteries at the Castle, Mysteries at the Church and Mysteries at the Museum. Currently though only Mysteries at the Museum is still putting out new episodes, and is in its 11th season. These series explore the history or stories surrounding the monuments, buildings, or (in the case of Mysteries at the Museum) the objects being featured in an episode.
I got hooked on these series, not just because they are about history, but because they tell the stories of history that have rarely been told. In the case of most of the stories on the shows, I often am hearing them for the first time, or if not am I at least getting a new and interesting perspective. As a writer these kind of history bits are a great way to get new ideas, and it’s definitely one of the reasons I like to watch these kind of shows.
What’s in a Word? will be kind of like the TV show Mysteries at the Museum, except instead of a TV show it’s a blog. Instead of exploring the history behind an object, we’ll explore the history behind words and phrases and delve into the deeper meaning. Unlike Mysteries at the Museum, which doesn’t stick with a theme for each episode, for the most part posts will have some sort of theme. The themes may be based around things such as language of origin (English has received contributions from a number of other languages), source of origin (for example a specific person such as William Shakespeare, or a specific text such as the Bible), an era of origin (such as the Victorian era), among many others.
This blog will aim to tell these stories in a detailed, yet entertaining fashion. Each post will contain plenty of information, but will be written in a way that will hopefully keep readers awake and interested. In addition posts will include images, and when appropriate maybe even a video clip.
So if you’ve ever wondered where the term scapegoat came from, what language the word penguin has its roots in and what the heck it means, be sure to follow this blog. The answers to these questions and others (as well as the surprising source of the abbreviation O.M.G.) may just be revealed.
Sure, you could take an etymology class, or look it up, but chances are it won’t be laid out in such an entertaining and informative way.