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Goblin Farts and Robot Orphans: 10 Tumblr Posts About Word Origins to Make You Cry with Mirth and Frustration

Etymology, “the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history,” is fascinating, but it is often also mind-boggling, frustrating and hilarious. Tumblr happens to be a great resource for finding some of most terrible and amusing examples of etymology, as it is a place where many millions of people keep their secret online collections of terrible and amusing things, and for that, I am grateful.

 

Check out some of the best examples of etymology so funny, so frustrating and so down right odd that it will have you wailing with innumerable etymology-related emotions.

 

 

 

http://captainlatin.tumblr.com/post/155441815662/i-fucking-hate-languages-the-greeks-had-this

 

http://historical-nonfiction.tumblr.com/post/153012502109/you-rarely-see-a-wend-without-a-way-you-can

 

 

http://terpsikeraunos.tumblr.com/post/169289902972/friendly-reminder-that-cosmic-and-cosmetic-are

 

http://terpsikeraunos.tumblr.com/post/157323270777/i-was-wondering-why-so-many-english-plant-names

 

https://theenglishcrux.tumblr.com/post/157244688126/penpencil-penpencil-featherlittle-tail-one

 

https://dailycognates.tumblr.com/post/164135457204/the-queens-gynecologist-is-a-banshee

 

https://theenglishcrux.tumblr.com/post/158396293846/pumpernickel-pumpernickel-goblin-fart-to-any

 

https://dailycognates.tumblr.com/post/160972616114/robot-and-orphan

 

 

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