The Origin of Echo

The English word “echo” came into use around the 14th century and comes from a Greek tale of unrequited love. After getting in the middle of personal business between Zeus and Hera, the nymph Echo was cursed to only be able to repeat the last words she heard someone say.

I Swear by my Knee

First coming into use in the 1590s, the word “genuine” means authentic or sincere. Some etymologists hypothesize the word comes from the Latin “genu,” meaning knee.

The First Dunce

John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) was a Scottish philosopher and theologian who left behind a large body of work on a myriad of philosophical and religious topics when he died in 1308. As a theologian, he was one of the most important of his era. However, perhaps his most lasting legacy comes simply from his name.

A Man Named Sandwich

The humble sandwich gets its name from the English 4th Earl of Sandwich, a man known for his obsessive gambling.