As strange as it sounds, the letterTwas originallyx- in the shape of. Its earliest ancestor was probablyxin the form of an Egyptian hieroglyph, which in turn becamex- in the form of a Phoenician letterarrange. Over timexit is constantly erecting itself taking on a larger shape + before the ancient Greeks tore down the mountain to create theirT- in the form of lettersSo. And this is fromSo, through the Latin tajTfinished in English.
Tis one of the most used letters in the English language today, and on average will make up less than 10 percent of all the language you'll use. Thanks to the appearance in many high-frequency words such asthe,Ten,Do,Then, andIt does, you can expect as many as 16 percent of all words on any page of text to be in EnglishT-words, while about one out of every 20 words in a standard dictionary will be listed underT— including 40 great onesT- the words below.
Tace(pronounced "so-see") means "be quietin Latin, but in English it is used as both a verb and an exclamation used to shut someone up. In the 17th century there is also an expressiontrays is Latin for candle— which is not true, but the expression was used to mean "to keep what we are talking about secret." It is not clear how the term originated, but one theory is that a candle represents a light that holds somethingsomeans keeping him "in the dark";another theoryHe claims that throwing a candle onto the theater stage was once the signal to stop the show and draw the curtain immediately.
An old medical term for anything that iskills fastsuch as poison or venom. You will run into anythingTahitianand you will probably need itfast eater— a medicine or doctor who cures quickly.
StarA Cornish wordmeaning "a little drunk".
stay englishdialectical wordfor a noisy, cheerful child.
Somean old Scottish word- originally used for marbles - a shot where the player bends down and throws the ball between the legs.
To hesitate to recognize someone meanstorta.
Aformal wordfor bullfighting. Similarly, ataurobolis a killer of bulls, atauroboleit's a ritual bull sacrifice, whatevertauricornhe has horns like a bull and everythingtaurateit has the shape of a bull.
8. Table of herbs
Somean old slang wordDescribing a painting or artwork of poor quality.
Old English dialect word for telegram.
10. Reci Pie
Liar, gossip or storyteller.
Octopus, squid and cuttlefish, it's all theretentacles-Howthey all have tentacles.
Latin word for your backreturn, is the source of several rare English words, including the verbprocrastinatedwhat does "turn your back on somethingor "abandon your duties." Likewise if you areprocrastination, you act insecure or evasive - in other words, you look like you're going to do itprocrastinated.
thalassocracyit is a naval power, used either in a political sense, denoting which countries and rulers have rights over which water areas, or in a figurative or mythological sense, referring to the gods or legendary rulers of the sea itself. Ithe thalassocratultimately, he is someone who has just that power.
An adjective that describes anything or anyoneeats mostly fresh vegetables.
Thesaurusliterally means "treasure" or "horde", and in archaeological contexts the word is still sometimes used to refer to a part of an ancient building or temple where treasure was kept. Verbthesauruspoints to this literal meaningthesaurusand means "to collect treasure".
AThokIslying down or nappingpa ako daAlthoughonda ste spori ili besposleni.
Somean old word in the Scottish dialectprobably a combinationthroatandchokemeans to swallow.
Somean old word in the Scottish dialectmeaning "to be absent". he would be a fugitive himselfsmash-school.
An early 20th century word used to describe a clumsy person or something marked with dirty fingerprints.
Athunderis heavy, stormy rain, while the huge rain spots that precede the storm are calledthunder drops. Both are very different…
... is a slang name for a potty.
22. Lightning strike
It doesThunderstrokesomeone should confuse them or completely confuse them.
In 18th century English, saying that something will happenon the eve of TibLubon St. yourused to imply that it will never happen, eg "in a month's time on Sunday" or "once a month" can be used today. The basis of this expression is the fact that there is actually no St. Tib (the animal form of Isobel) for a simple reason: the nametake a guessLubDrugused as a nickname for a sex worker since the mid-16th century. Additionally, the actual holiday of Tibb's Eve — named after the fact that the date is made up — has been celebrated on December 23 in parts of Canada since the mid-20th century.
An 18th-century word for a fool or simpleton.
No one knows why butTisty-tosty!was an exclamation of triumph or victory in 16th-century English, and by the late 16th century it had come to be used as a synonym for a brash, proud man—in other words, the kind of person who used the term "tisty-toast" !"
An old Yorkshire slang word for being tipsy or a little tipsy.
A19th century jargonword for candle, probably derived from the word "tallow."To charge youit used to be meant to keep the candle lit after the lights went out.
28. Music of the teeth
StarAmerican slanga word meaning "to go" or "to escape" probably comes from a misspelling of the word for "turtle".
30. Towing rope
Old English dialectal word, also spelleddonkey redLubtowry-lowry, in case of a sudden scream or explosion of noise.
There are quite a few unpleasant and unusual onesT-phobias in the dictionary from whichtoxiphobia,fear of poisoning, there is only one. Others includeTaphephobia(fear of being buried alive)thanatophobia(fear of death)traumatophobia(injury) iteratophobia(fear of giving birth to a monster).
English borrowed from French in the late 18th century.trivialis another word for murky, insidious business.
It doesto dance or jump for happinessor stamping their feet in triumph or celebrationroot for. It is derived from the Greek word for "three feet" and probably originally referred to a dance movement or traditional ritual where the feet hit the ground three times in a row.
It doesTrootlewalks with slow or short steps,like a babylearn to walk.
There is an old legend that says that the walls of the city of Troy were so confusingly complex that anyone who entered the city without getting to know it well would not be able to find their way back. Based on this nameThe city of Troyeventually it came to be used as another term for a grass maze or hedge, and is described somewhere as "like the city of Troymeant that it was an intricate mess or confusion, or an impenetrable network of roads and alleys.
Derived from a Latin word meaning "to cut into pieces",crucifixionIsa rare word from the 18th centurymeaning "to kill" or "to kill especially cruelly".
To hit or crush something.
Aa Scottish wordmeaning "to confuse" or "to bring chaos".
StarEnglish dialecta word for a small child.
Someold American slanga word meaning "unjust" or "immoral."
A version of this story was published in 2016; has been updated for 2022.