Is your curiosity aroused……… Dr Dawn Gould

Is your curiosity aroused when you read and then think, “ I wonder how that word came to have its meaning?”   Two such words came to mind recently.


Why do many South Africans call their homes FLATS ?  Perhaps because a flat suggests rooms all on one level.  A theory put forward is that the word comes from the Old English “flet” meaning a floor or hall.”


HUMBUG  could mean : nonsense, impostor OR a hard mint flavoured candy – British earliest  documented 1750