Language

The very tool we use to communicate urban legends to each other — language — is itself a source of folklore. A number of the words and phrases in use today have interesting origins that have almost become obscured in the mists of time. Equally, our sense of romance leads us to invent unusual origins for commonplace words rather than be satisfied with their mundane beginnings.

Etymology of ‘Tag’ How factual is the claim that the name of the children's game "tag" originated as...
    False
Etymology of ‘Tag’
An English-language dictionary.
The Definition of ‘Trumpery’ Spoiler alert: The dictionary definition of the word 'trumpery' employs such expressions as 'deceit,' 'fraud,'...
    True
The Definition of ‘Trumpery’
Etymology of Blackmail Was blackmail so designated because letters of extortion were sent by mail?
Etymology of Blackmail