Words That Aren’t As Related As They Appear (video)

I have posted a number of videos which look at the oddities of the English language, and like most writers, I have a deep fascination with etymology and language.

This next video, for example, shows us that English has many words which sound like they are related but actually have no connection.

The word penthouse, for example, omly coincidentally contains the word house; it was actually borrowed from the French, where the word "pentiz" means appendage. And there's no "fish" in crayfish; that too was a corruption of a French word, "écrevisse".

Similarly, there’s no "male" in "female". The word male comes from the Latin "masculus" (the root of masculine, yes), while the word female came through French but actually goes back to the Latin word for young woman, "femella".

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