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TOP X LISTS DEBUNKED – UK Gold’s Stupidiest International Laws

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Lists are all over the internet, this blog looks at those lists.  Some lists purport to contain facts, but how true are they?

In 2008, UKTV Gold held a poll of the stupidest laws, presumably based on Nigel Cawthorne’s book “The Strange Laws of Old England”. (BBC)  Previous in post I covered the UK Laws list, but they also did international laws…

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TOP X LISTS DEBUNKED – Mental Floss’s The Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words

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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?

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1.  Orchid:  Testicles (Greek: Orkhis)

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The word is derived from the Greek word for testicles because apparently that’s what the tuber looks like.  [Dictionary.com]

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2.  Porcelain:  Pig’s vagina (Italian: porcella)

WRONG

The word porcella means “sow/female pig”, not “pig vagina.”  [Wiktionary]

Porcelain:  Female pig (Italian: porcella)

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3.  Vanilla:  Vagina (Latin: vagina)

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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)

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4.  Seminar:  Semen (Latin: semen)

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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)

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5.  Fundamental:  Buttocks/anus (archaic: Fundament)

WRONG

Both meanings come from the Latin fundamentum “foundation”.

Fundamental:  Foundation (Latin: Fundamentum)

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6.  Avacado:  Testicles (Nahuatl: ahuakati)

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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)

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7.  Pencil:  Penis (Latin: penis)

WRONG

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)

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8.  Musk:  Scrotum (Sanskrit: muska-s)

CORRECT

It is said that the deer gland resembles a scrotum.  [Online Etymology Dictionary]

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9.  Amazon:  Breastless (Greek: a-mazos)

WRONG

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)

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RESULTS

Only 2 to 3 of the 9 items are correct, a meaning at least 2 thirds of the entries are wrong.

~ DUG.

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Introduction, Top X Lists Debunked

DebunkedThe internet is littered with Top 10 (or Top 5, or 20… let’s just sat Top X) lists of things.

The TOP X LISTS DEBUNKED posts are to look at lists and to search out what is true and false for each one.

Any particular lists you want looked at?  Leave mention them in the comments section below.

~ DUG>

TOP X LISTS DEBUNKED – Introduction

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