It’s Tuesday and, as usual, this means a fresh out of the oven new Fun Etymology!
Today, we want to try something a bit different. For the past several months, we’ve brought to you the history of various words in English. But that is only half the fun in etymology!
The real fun is exploring how a word evolves in related languages, so today we bring you the first Fun Etymology Tree of Amazement! (Cooler name pending, suggestions accepted and highly encouraged)
Today’s word is “gold”, the shiniest of shiny metals and eternal symbol of wealth and status.
Words in rhombuses are not direct descendants but result from borrowing.
Did you know that in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the word for gold, “teocuitlatl”, literally means “god poop”?