Mental floss has a list of 9 everyday words that are actually dirty words, which you can check out here. But how true are the 9 things?
1. Orchid: Testicles (Greek: Orkhis)
The word is derived from the Greek word for testicles because apparently that’s what the tuber looks like. [Dictionary.com]
2. Porcelain: Pig’s
vagina (Italian: porcella)
The word porcella means “sow/female pig”, not “pig vagina.” [Wiktionary]
Porcelain: Female pig (Italian: porcella)
Vagina (Latin: vagina)
The word “vanilla” come from the Latin vagina “sheath” which is the root for the modern English vagina, but does not mean vanilla means vagina. [Online Etymology Dictionary]
Vanilla: Sheath (Latin: vagina)
Semen (Latin: semen)
The word seminar comes from the Latin semen “seed” which is the root for the modern English semen, but does not mean seminar means semen. [Wiktionary]
Seminar: Seed (Latin: semen)
Buttocks/anus (archaic: Fundament)
Both meanings come from the Latin fundamentum “foundation”.
Fundamental: Foundation (Latin: Fundamentum)
6. Avacado: Testicles (Nahuatl: ahuakati)
Ahaukati means both avacado and testicles in Nahuatl, it is unknown whether the fruit was named after its resemblance to the body part, or that the ahaukati was a nickname for testicles because they looked like avacados. [Online Etymology Dictionary]
Avacado: Avacado (Nahuatl: ahuakati)
Penis (Latin: penis)
As with vanilla and seminar, this is confusing a shared root with the modern meaning. Pencil is a diminutive meaning “little tail”, coming from penis “tail”, the origin of the modern word.
Pencil: Tail (Latin: penis)
8. Musk: Scrotum (Sanskrit: muska-s)
It is said that the deer gland resembles a scrotum. [Online Etymology Dictionary]
9. Amazon: Breastless (Greek: a-mazos)
This is so wrong it’s often used as an example of folk etymology. The Greeks certainly thought it was true, but it comes from the Old Persian ha-maz-an “warrior”. [Online Etymology Dictionary]
Amazon: Warrior (Old Persian: ha-maz-an)
Only 2 to 3 of the 9 items are correct, a meaning at least 2 thirds of the entries are wrong.