What are the origins of the word “nice”?

The word “nice” tends to be used in rather a wishy-washy sense these days. In general use it tends to mean anything that is satisfactory. But what are the origins of this word? What did it originally mean? Why has the meaning changed so much through the years? Answer Interesting question indeed! It originally meant … Read more

Anti-vax origins of “vaxxed” [closed]

Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations by editing this post. Closed 4 months ago. Improve this question The world* is talking about getting vaccinated, and saying “vaxxed” to do so. Here are the … Read more

Etymology of “Sidejacking”

How did the term “Sidejacking” come out? What is its origin? Answer The word is obviously derived from Hijack. Presumably this word arises because the technique involves using “cookie” information from data transmitted unencrypted in conjunction with encrypted data. I would speculate that the word “side” was compounded with hijack because the encrypted and unencrypted … Read more

When did the term “Jay” come to mean an “unintelligent person”? [closed]

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information. Closed 9 years ago. While I was reading an article about the etymology of jaywalking, I stumbled upon this phrase: “Jay” used to be a … Read more

What is the origin of the “should of” instead of “should have” mistake? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Closed 9 years ago. Possible Duplicate: How did the use of “could of” and “should of” originate, and is it considered correct? Recently, I tend to stumble a lot over the mistake that people write should of instead of should have: I should of done that. I am trying … Read more

What’s the etymology of “Oscar”?

Wiktionary gives this: Irish Osgar, from os (“deer”) + cara (“friend”) ; resuscitated by James Mcpherson in The Works of Ossian (1765). Napoleon, an admirer of the Ossianic poems, chose it for his godson Oscar Bernadotte, who became a king of Sweden. It can also be explained by Old English ōs (“god”) and gār (“spear”) … Read more