22 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Etymology of Chemistry Terms

Each of us has read somewhere that in New Guinea pidgin the word for 'piano' is (I use English spelling) 'this fellow you hit teeth belonging to him he squeal all same pig'. I am inclined to doubt whether this expression is authentic; it looks just like the kind of thing a visitor to the Islands would facetiously invent. But I accept 'cut grass belong head belong me' for 'haircut' as genuine... Such phrases seem very funny to us, and make us feel very superior to the ignorant foreigners who u...
Folksonomies: chemistry etymology english
Folksonomies: chemistry etymology english
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Compared to the etymology of "backwards" rural terms.