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#1 7 months ago

Use this thread to explain the origins of words that you find interesting.

Dunno why, but I generally like these irrelevant tidbits of information. Like...uranium! An element named to honor the recent discovery of the planet Uranus at some point in the 18th century.

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#2 7 months ago

"Norman", as in the conquerors led by William d'Normandie in 1066? That name actually means Norseman. They were originally vikings that negotiated a deal with the locals - protection from other raids in exchange for a piece of the land. Indeed, William himself was a descendant of Gaange Rolf, the viking that led those viking settlers.