The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Mayonnaise’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

Where does the word mayonnaise come from? Many people will confidently say they know the answer, but perhaps the matter is a little more complex – and a little more interesting – than is widely believed.

Before we delve into the origin of the word ‘mayonnaise’, then, let’s make it a multiple-choice quiz question.

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The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Slithy’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

Anyone who loves nonsense literature can surely tell us the origins of the rather wonderful word ‘slithy’. But let’s make it a little more interesting and turn it into a multiple-choice quiz question. Who gave us the word ‘slithy’?

a) A man named Shakespeare
b) A man named Whately
c) A man named Lear
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17 of the Best Synonyms for ‘Analysis’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

The word analysis can be an extremely useful one. When writing about science, literary criticism, political analysis, and a wealth of other topics, analysis is often an integral part of one’s language. The word is from a Latin term meaning ‘to resolve something into its elements or constituent parts’, which itself goes back ultimately to an ancient Greek word that meant ‘loosening or undoing’ something – the idea being that by taking something apart one could work out how it was, as it were, put together. Continue reading “17 of the Best Synonyms for ‘Analysis’”