Mental Floss recently published a piece entitled “7 Words that Came About from People Getting Them Wrong.” Find out the surprising original forms of pea, cherry, apron, umpire, newt, nickname, and alligator. All of the examples come from the Oxford English Dictionary (or as we fondly nickname – or should I say ekename? – it, the OED).
If you find this tidbit interesting, check out a print issue of Mental Floss from the library. Or, come browse through our many volumes of the OED, located on the first floor of the library, near the reference desk.