The Origins of 10 Common Words & Phrases

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  • The term “pipe dream” originates from the mild hallucinogenic feelings caused by the smoking of opium, which is traditionally smoked through a long pipe.

  • Furthermore the Anglo Saxon pronounciation ‘eorthe’ came from the Old Norse word jQrd(for which I don’t have the right font here – imagine the upstroke of the d leans to the left and is crossed diagonally)which is pronounced ‘yurth’.

  • The origin of word “earth” is biblical.
    The Hebrew word for earth is “Arets” – meaning ground, soil and land, and is the term used in the first sentence of the book of Genesis about the creation of Heaven and Earth.