Quora – Why is soda water called soda water?

Original question: Why is soda water called soda water? The term “soda” in water comes from approximately the 15th century and refers to the use of sodium carbonate or bicarbonate. This originally comes from the Italian sida, which means “a kind of saltwort”, which is where these substances were first obtained. There are a few possible further…

Quora – What is the contribution of Samuel Johnson to the English language?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to What is the contribution of Samuel Johnson to English language? on Quora While Samuel Johnson had other contributions, he is most well-known for publishing his dictionary A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. This dictionary is considered to be the first reliable English language dictionary. What made the dictionary innovative was the use…

Quora – Why do certain “og” words — monologue, dialogue, synagogue — have that silent “ue” ending?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to Why do certain “og” words — monologue, dialogue, synagogue — have that silent “ue” ending? on Quora These words have two specific things in common: where they come from and how they came to the English language. All three words are Greek in origin (monologos, dialogos, synagoge) that came to English via…

Quora – How do you enunciate the letter “W”? Is it “Dub-yoo”, “Dub-boo-yoo” or, “Double-yoo”? IS there a ‘proper’ way? It’s driven me berserk ever since phonics class in kindergarten.

Read James Brooks‘ answer to How do you enunciate the letter “W”? Is it “Dub-yoo”, “Dub-boo-yoo” or, “Double-yoo”? IS there a ‘proper’ way? It’s driven me berserk ever since phonics class in kindergarten. on Quora While I pronounce it (using the International Phonetics Alphabet) /ˈdʌb(ə)lˌjuː/ (double-yoo I guess from your question) I would argue that…

Quora – Where does the word “furlough” come from?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to Where does the word “furlough” come from? on Quora Furlough was imported in the 1620s Dutch word verlof (meaning permission) to mean a leave of absence from the military. Verlof is made up of two parts, the Middle Dutch ver- (completely, for) and laf (permission). Laf originally comes from Proto-Germanic *laubo. In English the parts are for and leave. There is an alternate spelling furloe in the 18th…

Quora – What are the origins of the word “slimy”?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to What are the origins of the word “slimy”? on Quora The word slimy appeared in English in the late 14 century. It comes from the word slime, which came from the Old English slim, which in turn came from the Proto-Germanic *slimaz. The appearance of the word slimy has also been seen following a similar pattern in related…

Quora – Where does the word ‘soggy’ come from?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to Where does the word ‘soggy’ come from? on Quora Soggy was first recorded in 1722 and may have come from either the noun sog, meaning “swamp, bog”, or from the verb sog, meaning “to become soaked”. However etymologists have been unable to figure out where those words originate. [1] Origin and meaning of soggy by…

Quora – What is the origin of the word ugliness?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to What is the origin of the word ugliness? on Quora The word ugliness was first recorded in the late 14th century. It comes from the word ugly and the suffix -ness. Ugly appeared in the mid 13th century from an Old Norse word uggligr (“dreadful, fearful”), which itself is from uggr (“fear, apprehension, dread” (perhaps related to agg “strife, hate”))…

Quora – Is Flourishing an adjective?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to Is Flourishing an adjective? on Quora Flourishing is an adjective because it is used to modify a noun: The flourishing economy (adjective) I pronounced flourish (using the International Phonetic Alphabets) as: /ˈflʌrɪʃ/. There are two syllables with the stress on the first one, which becomes something like: FLUR-ish (the U is pronounced like the U…

Quora – What’s the origin of the “-ward” suffix in English, in words such as “downward, eastward, toward”?

Read James Brooks‘ answer to What’s the origin of the “-ward” suffix in English, in words such as “downward, eastward, toward”? on Quora The suffix -ward comes from the Old English -weard (or sometimes -weardes when used as the genitive) meaning “toward” or “turned toward”. This, in turn, comes from the Proto-Germanic *werda-, which stems from the Proto-Indo-European *werto- meaning “to turn/wind”. Originally, -ward was used to…