Thursday, February 18, 2016


We use many words every day, and often we don't know the meanings. It doesn't mean we're uneducated, but we probably forgot over time. It can happen when one language borrows words from another, such as the word "shampoo".  It comes from ancient India and is Hindi for "press or knead, like in kneading bread. In a way, we do press or knead shampoo into our hair.  The Hindi's spelled it "Champo".

In the news, we often hear of an Arab sheikh. In Arabic, sheikh means "old man" and is a title of respect for those who rule Arab tribes.  The pronunciation is "Sheikh" ( Shake ), but the word "sheek" was popularized with Rudolph Valentino's movie "The Sheikh" way back when movies were still silent.

How about the much-used television term. Videotape. Video is a Latin verb, and it means "I see".
The Italian greeting "Ciao" started as "Schiavo" meaning, "I am your slave."

Did you ever play 18 holes of "strike" Some linguists think the word "golf" stems from the old Scottish word gowf, spelled G-O-W-F. It means "Strike."

The Hebrew language has a word meaning " enemy or adversary." Today the word is used as a euphemism for the great enemy of mankind, Lucifer, the archangel who was cast out of heaven.  The word is Satan.

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