Here you will find the senses and stories of words. Much of modern English is derived from shared roots in a language spoken thousands of years ago, before writing even existed. Though terms we use today often appear unrelated on the surface, there are some delightful surprises and insights to be found by following these ancestries and seeing their common origins. Knowing where terms came from lends wonderful depth and appreciation to everyday speaking, reading, and listening. I hope you enjoy reveling in our language’s past.