Sideburns, the whiskers adorning the side of a man’s face got their name from a Civil War general, who wore an exaggerated version of the style, shaving only his chin. Interestingly, the man’s name was not General Sideburn, but General Ambrose Burnside.
The letter Q is from the old word for monkey – see the tail? The letter H is from fence, and M probably represented water (waves).
Where did the word quiz come from? It was made up by a theater manager in Ireland who developed his claim to immortality by running around one night writing quiz as graffiti all over Dublin. The next day, everyone was asking everyone else, “What does ‘quiz’ mean?”
I’ll bet most of you reading this don’t know what the word ichthyology means. Neither did I. Highlight the yellow section below to find out.
Ichthyology is the study of fish.
Smokey The Bear was originally named Hot Foot Teddy.
American dimes were originally pronounced “deems.”
There used to be a state in America named Kanawha. It was later renamed West Virginia.
You might wonder how Modesto, California got its name. The founders of the town were unwilling to have the place named after themselves, they were modest.
The Greek word for brotherly love is Philadelphia.
Here are some places with unusual names:
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Don’t Handle the Bobcats Without Gloves, Texas
Mexican Hat, Utah
Old Joe, Arkansas
Social Circle, Georgia
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Bunlevel, North Carolina
What Cheer, Iowa
Scalp Level, Pennsylvania
Cheesequake, New Jersey
Looneyville, West Virginia
Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky