Tag: language

Folk Etymology: how kitty-corner, bridegroom and penthouse came to be

Not sure how to spell “cat-a-corner” or knowing if it should be “kitty-corner” I embarked on a brief little journey into the history of how words change as roots disappear and become obsolete as pop culture takes over. Did you know, for instance, that kitty-corner evolved from catty-corner, which evolved from catercorner? Catercorner was a…

Where brat, bufoon, rat and scumbag are NOT ok, f**k is.

As Rachel Maddow put it, this Irishman went “all Anglo Saxon” on the other guy’s arse. Apparently, we’re wearing off a bit. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8413122.stm