The Free Dictionary Blog > Wordymology
A bouquet of 15 flower words.
Teeth, turbans, and taxonomists—the surprising seeds of some of your favorite flowers' names.
Know nonsense. And 6 of its best synonyms.
There are many excellent synonyms for nonsense. Here are the six with the most absurdly interesting etymologies.
Here’s how every month got its name
Why are the months’ names what they are? What do they mean? And why do so many of them not make sense?
The Etymology of Dance
You might know the steps, but do you know where these classic dances got their names?
The oboe-the-top origins of musical instrument names
12 note-able etymologies hiding behind the music.
Secrets of the Sauce: 8 condiment names explained
You may have a lot of passionate preferences about which condiments you use—and don’t use. But do you know the ingredients of their etymologies?
The loco delicioso origins of Mexican food names
Donkeys, daisies, and explosives. Let's dig in to some crazy delicious etymologies.
Down in History: 11 names remembered for all the wrong reasons
Here's how 11 eponymous personages had their names become forever associated with things negative.
Femalexicon: 9 women immortalized in the English language
Meet nine women whose names and creations live on in our words.
5 words straight outta hip hop
Rap slang has entered the popular lexicon. How many of these words do you use?
The naked truth about exercise words
Trying to keep your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Hit the etymologym with these fitness-related etymologies. (It counts as a gym day.)
6 food words you didn’t know were filled with salt
Watching your salt intake? You may want to avoid these salt-heavy etymologies.
Unwrap some Halloween word candy
Treat yourself to the tricky etymologies of these essential Halloween words.
The far-out etymologies of celestial bodies
Axe-wielders, wanderers, and long-haired stars. When it comes to their names, the cast of characters in the nighttime sky is much stranger than you might think.
The weird word origins of your favorite colors
Goblins, magic spells, and crushed-up bugs. You won't believe how some colors got their names.
Why is it called soccer?
Even if you call it "football," you might be surprised where the name "soccer" came from.