By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Words|

How did the French word for "flea" come to be a colour in English?

New website soon!

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Several readers have contacted me to ask why the French version of this website isn't working properly so I thought I'd post a quick update: this site is indeed broken (that's as technical as I [...]


By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Words|

The origin of the word torticollis

I’m gonna fix your wagon

By | December 14th, 2015|Categories: Idioms|

Don't cross a Canadian, or she'll utter an ominous threat: ‘I'm gonna fix your wagon!’ It's the kind of expression that you understand immediately, and it sounds like it probably stems from the days when [...]

Ones and twos

By | November 16th, 2015|Categories: Idioms|

What does "ones and twos" mean?


By | August 26th, 2015|Categories: Words|

After Iraq, Pakistan. Did you know that it's an acronym? It was coined in 1933 as Pakstan by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, a Pakistan Movement activist, who published it in his pamphlet Now or Never, using [...]