17 Facts About Words That'll Low-Key Blow Your Mind

    The acronym OMG goes all the way back to 1917.

    1. "Sphinges" is an acceptable plural for "sphinx".

    2. And if you really want, you can use "durst" as a past tense for "dare".

    3. SOS doesn't actually stand for "save our souls (or ship)".

    4. The word "apron" was originally "napron".

    5. "Pumpernickel" is derived from the German words for "fart goblin".

    6. The acronym OMG goes all the way back to 1917.

    7. The word "sleight" in the phrase "sleight of hand" is a fossil word — it doesn't have any meaning in the English language anymore.

    8. And then there's the word "dord," a ghost word that was coined in 1934.

    9. A single piece of confetti is called a confetto.

    10. There are seven ways to spell the sound "ee" in English.

    11. The word "goodbye" is derived from a contraction of the Old English phrase "God be with you".

    12. A group of jugglers can be called a "neverthriving".

    13. The technical name for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

    14. The word "noon" originally referred to 3 pm.

    15. There was no word for the color orange in English until the 16th century.

    16. There is a phrase for the opposite of déjà vu, and it's jamais vu.

    17. And sausages were nicknamed "bags 'o mystery" in the 19th century.