Where did the word booby come from?
And, why all the interest in this word :?: :?: :shock:

For a discussion about the German word bübbi, alx does a very good
explanation about it here.


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  1. iluv2cutfarts says:

    Booby-Traps are for idiots (or those who love boobs!) hehe.

    WTF happen to Gorby? Marina! You had him all Punked out!


  2. ravenlol says:

    people who fall in booby-trap are usually thinking of 2 equal things
    if you are not thinking of 2 equal things and fall for it .. bad news

  3. bigguy397 says:

    because the word boob means stupid and then trap so it would be a stupid trap basically

  4. choco loco says:

    :?: o i have another one booty where does that come from i noe pirates used 2 use it rigtht

  5. iismathias3 says:

    I am going out of a limb on this. Perhaps, it could refer to a trap that can be easily set up, therefore, a “booby” can set the “trap.”

  6. friendy786 says:


  7. caboose says:

    Booby traps are called so for the fact that a person would have to be quite stupid or would be stupid for falling into the trap.

    btw i think everyone who requested the word booby as a word meant a womans breasts ;)

    I like your Boobys lol :shock: :grin:

  8. cpe says:

    Stupid people get cot in it.

  9. big ed says:

    I guess because only stupid or ignorant people would constantly fall victim to them(booby-traps), seeing how they are usually too fast or too slow for they’re own good! I was completely boobnotized by your video! :twisted:

  10. miami69 says:

    I agree with john

  11. eon69 says:

    You are all bobo.

  12. leonard says:

    LESSON of the Random-=-Teatcher makes us inatTention. Opalescence, holy mother-of-pearl the milk maid escaped, riding the last known mammoth on earth. TaTar word, ahe…the last thing that proofs of North america and that of the EUR-ASIAN word….spilling milk needs the “booby” :roll: mango :grin: runic

  13. John says:

    and Marina, you have a nice set of tides

  14. BillyB says:

    I told myself “self before you go to bed, hit the radom lesson button at the top & make a comment on whatever comes up”. :lol: So to keep the promise to myself, I’ll link to a recent event from my little part of the world. Keep abreast of Boobalicious 2008.

  15. eric812 says:

    what about booby prize=stupid prize?

  16. qtrtilldawn says:

    Noboby reads these old post, but I had to put in this link:
    99 words for boobs

  17. williamvictor1 says:

    :grin: Love the information and the out-takes!

  18. headlessmule says:

    Great class on The Oscars.
    Sure my name is not Oscar, but I like walking naked in my house.
    Luv ya

  19. smokey36bear says:

    only a foolish person would be in a situation to get caught in a booby-trap.

  20. thesaurusrex says:

    Oh, and I forgot a more modern variation:
    Booby-Trap meaning a ploy used by a voluptuous woman (and re-inforced by US courts) to extract a man’s wallet through his penis. See “alimony.” (Thank you Robin Williams.)

  21. thesaurusrex says:

    RE: Booby homework; RE:Booby-Trap

    As you indicated in the video, “Boob” or “Booby” meaning a stupid person was derived from the Spanish word “Bobo.” (A bit of additional information: Bobo was derived from the Latin “Bulbas” meaning stammering. The ancient Romans considered stammering to be a sign of stupidity. This type of word is called “echoic,” kind of onomatopeic, reflecting the repetitive stammer. “Bal-bal-bal-bus” says Clau-clau-claudius.

    The OED notes that the word booby to mean dunce appears as early as 1599. (#1)

    Hence, since this type of trap is generally very simplistic and meant to catch someone not paying full attention to detail ….. it became known as a “Booby-Trap/”

    Credit where credit is due. Quote your sources. “Don’t re-invent the wheel.”

    Ref #1:

  22. nixonkeys says:

    Lol! Love the outtakes at the end. In fact, as a newbie, I’m lovin’ it all! Intelligence really IS sexy! ;)

  23. tedt says:

    Hm, I never heard of the word bübbi or what else, I´m German and the only thing I can say it that you mabe can say sing.: bubi plur.: bubies for a Womans breast. In real there exist Bube=a small boy, mother slang=for my baby- or more-(it depends on…) ( joke by Womans that say “ooh my poor bubi” to their Boyfriend, this pulls him in a state fo a little child and his face turns out like this— :oops:
    if he understands jokes, but we all know…. !!!) (other way — Mother calls her son “bubi”, it is the same way then before “ooh my bubi”, mothers do it when they did something fine/right…, or also joke him when he can´t understand when something happened or he can´t have this or that…. and he can´t understand why, at this point he mostly turns out to get mad :mrgreen: because big mom jokes her kid )….(at a Womans breast you normaly say bubies, the two round bongolos, looking good :shock: , going woop woop up and down…. Mabe he missed them and says hello after a long-term “unemployment”, Womans mostly like that, because he concentrates at two points at this moment. It is for the favor or if Womans crossed you and your friends you just say “hey, did you saw those bubies ?” —- mostly when they were a little bigger than the daily ones)

    I hope you can read this, I´m looking forward to get my English writing done :roll: .

    • tedt says:

      Marina, sorry that I have to tell you that you spelled bubi wrong, but you can do that, it won´t go after you (it is spelled as it is written, but not the english b=b(e) and the english i=(e)i, just b and i, bubi).

  24. pedantickarl says:

    Yesterday, I took notice of my friend’s T-shirt. On it was written;
    “I love Boobies”. Then, underneath that was a picture of a Booby bird, just like the one in your video. Then, underneath that was the word,
    Galapagos Island.

    Here is a similar image of another T-shirt.

    I had a funny thought. What if you made a similar T-Shirt, and then
    underneath it, it would say, and then, underneath it, it would say, “Etymology is Sexy, Don’t Think Otherwise” or something like that. In the videos it said, “Intelligence is Sexy, Don’t Think Otherwise”

    Then, for everyone on YT that made a remark about boobs, you would respond and say, “Either shut up or pay up”, and point them to the ordering page of the T-shirt. If everyone bought a shirt, that should make you gazillions, or at least cover server costs.

    Imagine if there were a YouTube jail, and someone had to pay for a T-shirt to get out. Sometimes I just amuse myself too much. :smile:

    Darn, the voting on possible HFW products had T-shirts coming
    in at 16%.

  25. aveman64 says:

    because when u get stuck in one u feel real stupid

  26. mikei14975 says:

    its called a booby trap, meaning a dunce or stupid people trap.

  27. mythman says:

    :idea: It’s called a ‘booby-trap’ because the catch is activated by the drooling dunce striving to touch the pretty-pretty! :twisted:

  28. elite_panda says:

    probly theyre stupid so they fall into the trap :roll:

  29. xmorpheus3000 says:

    Ok, you did the word boobie, now would you do the word cock? Lol, I am of course referring to the rooster. How did the rooster come to be known as a cock, and futhermore, how did it get a more vulgar and… adult meaning?

  30. able toeatu says:

    TV is called the BOOB tube because of shows like Charlie’s Angels and Baywatch :evil:

    Booby trap would be my hands or mouth * no WAIT * that is a different lesson .. a trap so obvious and easy to spot that it could only trap the dunce.

  31. bjreddig says:

    I’m new to the site and probably a little late for the topic but I always figured the breast connotation of the word “booby” came from bubo (a word used to describe a swollen lymph node or round, subcutaneous lump).

    Anyway, I really enjoy your lessons and look forward to seeing more in the future.

  32. runawayscott says:

    I’d hate to sound like a degenerate (hope i spelled that right), but this is one of my favorite lessons. Would you think about doing a lesson on the word degenerate, since I went and brought it up?

  33. jab2008 says:

    I think the origin of the word “boob-tube” is a reference to two different things. Of course, refering to the tv, the word boob-tube comes from two slang terms. One, which you mentioned (boob) refers to an idiot or stupid person. The second, tube, refers to the tube (cathode ray tube) which is found inside the television casing. That’s my guess anyway.
    Here is something you might like to look up.
    Did idiot-box originate from boob-tube?

  34. legendary says:

    i think booby-trap might be like a stupid trap or a a poor trap which might not work as much

  35. politricks5 says:

    ps. I just got done watching your video upside down (as I do all your vids.. don’t ask)… and now I want to know where “poop” comes from.

  36. politricks5 says:

    Thanks for the mention! I have arrived! (non-sexually that is). This is academia people!!

    I think Booby-Trap is a trap meant to snare dolts, idiots and dunces. In short, booby traps are designed for Suckers. Wait, so are bubbi’s. Crap.
    Excuse me while I go down to the garden and eat some worms.

    ps. Did you look into Cranky? Is the history worthy of Investigation? or Butterfly?

    Hey Marina, What do you call an Italian with a rubber toe?


  37. hdvideo says:

    Please do flash your boobies a little more in your videos please.

  38. dank1313 says:

    hey teach,
    that was a great lesson and diffently got a 5 star vote from me. ( inside joke hope u get it) :mrgreen:

  39. gibbym says:

    Hi Marina,

    I felt cheated that I didn’t find out what the -licious part of boobalicious was all about. Since I am learning so much as your student I decided to try to find out for myself. It seems that licious might be a corruption of the O.E. luscious which is also close to the O.E. kicorous or lickerish meaning dainty. Perhaps it is more related to the Cheshire licksome meaning pleasant.

    In Ger. lecker, Fr. lecheur, lecher, A. Sax. liccera having the meaning of a gourmand, glutton-one who licks his lips It. lussare, lussuriare, which is to grow rank, orig. to live in voluptuosness or luxury.

    So I am guessing that boobalicious is either a dumb person who is quite tasty or someone who is luscious like a pair of ample breasts must seem to be to a young suckling baby or yet perhaps to the student of a well endowed teacher.

    The earliest mention I could find was the following:

    Bp. Hacket: “He that feeds upon the letter of the Text feeds upon Manna; he that lives by the Allegorie feeds upon licious Quails. –Century of Sermons, p.515, fol. 1675

    The source I used to look this up in was:
    Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in Form or Meaning by False Derivation or Mistaken Analogy
    By Abram Smythe Palmer 1883 pages 226-7

    Your energetic student,


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  41. sebb81 says:

    I tried my Homework:

    booby trap because its a very simple trap, which can be made and installed also by “booby” people :?: Tha’ts my best guess without research or investiagtion.

    Am i right? Am i? :grin:

  42. danielcologne says:

    I´m another german speaking student.

    I´ve never heard of a word like “bübbi”.

    But thanks for your videos!

  43. mileycyrus says:

    :shock: DANG!!! Marina is that like the half of the class?

  44. tobnameless says:

    Booby Trap is probably a way to catch less intelligent persons. I love the videos.

  45. hitman says:

    quite impressive your spanish pronunciation is really good

  46. Psydragon7 says:

    Word Request:

    I often like to spend my time solving different types of puzzles. Everything from crosswords and cryptograms to sudoku and anagrams. Sometimes I even make up a few new puzzles for my friends.

    Could you explain the origin of the word “Puzzle” ?

    And what about the origin of “Enigma” ?

  47. lls71 says:

    Hi Marina,

    I’m a student from Austria. In your video you say Booby comes from the german :?: word bübbi. Well, we speak german here in Austria (or it sounds like something very similar :lol: ), but I don’t know the word “bübbi”. There is the word “bubi”, but that means little boy. Could you please clear things up?

    Thanks a lot for your very instructive videos!


    P.S.: I also have a word request: where do dance and ballet come from?

    • Qermaq says:

      It’s a dialect of German, so not all German speakers will know it.

      • lls71 says:

        Hi Qermaq,

        that’s interesting. Where do they say “bübbi” to a womans breasts? I mean, in which region of Germany/Austria/Switzerland?

      • alx says:


        according to one of the language maps in one of my books, “bübbi” doesn’t really exist anymore. I did find “büa” in the southwest region of germany. maybe “bübbi” is still used as a diminutive in some small regions.
        some dialects tend to be conservative, they keep hold of archaic words.

        here’s again the link to the entry of “bübbi” in grimm’s dictionary. it’s listed there, so we can assume that it was pretty common in the 19th century and earlier.

        a google search pulled up 627 entries. not that much, eh? I found “bübbi” as a dialect word in the east of germany (saxony, yay :D) — but it means “puppet”, “puppe” in german. maybe the way from “puppe” to “bübbi” (today!) goes something like this:

        puppe –> pubbe –> bubbe –> bubbi (diminutive) –> bübbi.

        “puppe” is standard german. the consonant change (p –> b) is owed to the dialect spoken in this region. (this is where I come from, so I know what I’m talking about, you’ll never hear me talking like that, though, hehe.)

        btw, the vowel change (“umlaut”) a –> ä, u –> ü, and o –> ö is pretty common in german:

        haus (singular, ‘house’) –> häuser (plural)

        brust (sing., ‘breast’) –> brüste (pl.)
        nuss (sing., ‘nut’) –> nüsse (pl.)
        kuss (sing., ‘kiss’) –> küsse (pl.)
        fuß (sing., ‘foot’) –> füße (pl.)

        horn (sing., ‘horn’) –> hörner (pl.)

        does that help?

      • alx says:

        another thought occurs!

        “püppi” is diminutive of “puppe”. (btw, “puppe” does not only refer to “puppet”, but it also means “chick” (that’s colloguial)).

        so, another way to get “bübbi” from “puppe” is this:

        puppe –> püppi –> bübbi. (as for consonant change, see above — in saxon, unvoiced consonants (such as p, t, k …) mostly change to voiced consonants (b, d, g …)).

        a vowel change to get the diminutive, just like the plural, of a word is not uncommon:

        haus –> häuschen
        kuss –> küsschen
        horn –> hörnchen

        but, the whole puppet thing applies to modern german.

      • lls71 says:

        Hi alx,

        thanks for the detailed reply!

      • Buzzn Frogg says:

        Just a quick remark.
        The better translation for Puppe would be doll in this case. And Püppi meaning just dolly then.
        Just thought I would add that.

      • aLx says:

        yeah, you’re right. sometimes you don’t see the wood for the trees or something. forgot about different translations. thanks for adding it.

  48. jtom99 says:

    Hey, Marina, I’m a huge fan…another interesting lesson from a teacher who clearly has subject knowledge!

    I have another word request for you, I’m with emjay I’d like to know where some of the slang words for jail come from (pokey, or slammer, etc.) Do you know what the answer to that might be?

    • Qermaq says:

      I’d imagine the “slammer” comes from the sound of a prison cell door closing. The “pokey”? I have a theory, but I’m reluctant to discuss that. ;)

  49. alx says:


    a few years ago, there was an important linguistic differentiation regarding language. there were two, and only two, categories: spoken language and written language.

    that changed as soon as there were chats. what category does a chat conversation belong to? that was a problem, because this new language had features of written language (e.g. you had to type), and of spoken language (e.g. communication in realtime) as well. so, those two categories were not the only two categories anymore. a category that stands in between spoken language and written language. as in every language system, there are rules. rules / structures in spoken language differ from the rules in written language. so do the rules in chat communication. all of a sudden there were a whole bunch of acronyms. those acronyms made conversations easier, faster. it just takes longer to type “read the fucking manual” instead of “rtfm”. so, it was also a question of efficiency. plus, there had a new way to be found to express emotions and the like. that was how ” :) ” and “lol” came about. non-verbal communication is being expressed as well: *rolleyes* etc.

    there’s a great article by elke hentschel. it’s a short one, if you’re interested in chat analysis (this article is about chat communications on irc), I suggest you give it a shot and read it.

    here are a few quotes:

    “What happens here is most interesting: we find a sort of phonetical spelling which takes into account all the contractions that are typical for colloquial [lamguage], but not – yet – allowed to be written down.

    The [...] IRC’ers apply a way of spelling that probably will sooner or later be “official” as well.

    [...] one thing is obvious: the way IRC’ers use and spell their language shows very realistically the way in which the language is used in actual everyday conversation, and the way speakers feel about morphological borders.
    We might conclude, therefore, that IRC provides a means of getting first hand information about speakers attitudes towards the phonetical, phonological and morphological – and of course syntactic – facts of their languages, and therefore enables insights in actual processes of language change.”

    now, same thing more or less goes for text messages. it’s about efficiency. not only that you might want to reply quickly, the space to transfer your thoughts is limited.
    I don’t think it’s appropriate, or even right, or fair, to compare chat language with written language. it’s an entirely different universe. you can’t apply the same standard to chat language as you apply to written language.

    you know, if language was a country, it’d be the most democratic country in the world. language changes! new language systems have been set up! it’s interesting! you’ve never seen a language system and its rules evolve so rapidly!

    • prospero811 says:

      I agree wholeheartedly, alx. And in chats and text messages, using acronyms and shorthand is expected and appropriate. What bothers me is the bleeding of chat/text shorthand into the written word (letters and emails), as well as the overwhelming inability of individuals to put together coherent thoughts in the English language.

      It’s a pet peeve of mine that people write emails and letters with chat/text usage and general sloppiness. I mean, please, use spell check. Most email programs put a little red line under words that one is probably spelling wrong and little green lines under incorrect grammar. I wish people would just fix it.

      I think it’s important because the sloppiness in general letters and emails ends up bleeding through to things like cover letters, resumes, business and legal memos, and the like. It also implies disrespect of the recipient of a communication, who is forced to wade through poor spelling, jumbled syntax, and disjointed thoughts. It says to the recipient, “You figure out what I’m trying to say. I’m too busy to make it easy for you.” I don’t apply that to text messaging and instant messaging, though.


      • Qermaq says:

        I am a pedant when it comes to spelling and grammar, but I am also quite human and tend to screw things up quite a bit. If I know this has got to be right, no one will fix it down the road, I am extra careful. But in informal emails, texts, brief memos, etc., I’m not so diligent because I know I don’t have to be.

        But, I agree, young people should be trained in accurate writing, and be expected to achieve that. Otherwise we’ll be old and a generation of sloppy citizens will be managing our health care, pensions and 401K’s.

      • alx says:

        have you ever heard of the spelling society?

        maybe you’re interested in “Overcomng Orthografic Frontirs“. hehe.

    • buzzword says:

      It is a new frontier for linguists but one of the challenges is the anonymity of the performers. It is very difficult to collect cultural data that places the performers into context. Various research methods have produced conflicting results regarding gender, age, etc…

  50. Prospero the Big Fat Jerk says:

    A battered looking Kelly hobbled into the bar on one crutch and a cast on his arm.

    “My God, what happened to you?” asked the bartender.

    “I got into a tiff with Riley,” Kelly replied.

    “Riley?” He’s just a wee fellow,” the surprised barkeep said. “He must have had something in his hand.”

    “Aye, that he did,” Kelly said. “A shovel it was!”

    “Dear Lord,” exclaimed the bartender. “Did you not have anything in your hand?”

    “Aye, that I did … Mrs. Riley’s right boob,” Kelly explained. “A beautiful thing it was, but not much use in a fight!”

  51. Prospero the Big Fat Jerk says:

    And God created woman and she had three breasts. God then asked the woman, “Is there anything you would like to have changed?”

    “Yes,” the woman replied. “Could you get rid of this middle breast?”

    And so it was done.

    Holding the third breast in her hand, the woman exclaimed, “What can be done with this useless boob?”

    And God created man.

  52. Prospero the Big Fat Jerk says:

    Hi Marina,

    Fabulous lesson, of course. And, you look beautiful, as always.

    For my homework assignment, I will explain why a “booby trap” is called a “booby trap”:

    A “trap” in the sense of a “booby trap” is “any device, stratagem, trick, or the like for catching a person unawares.” The word trap originated before the year 1000 AD and is from the middle English trappe and trappen, which in turn derived from the Old English træppe and Middle Dutch trappe. You’ve explained the origin of the word “booby’ which originated as the term for a dunce or foolish person. The words were combined to form the word “booby trap” which is a device, strategem, trick or the like for catching a dunce or foolish person unawares.

    Typically, booby traps were traps set in war in a place that would be prone to lure an enemy soldier into setting it off. For example, a soldier might put an explosive under a helmet or a canteen, or something at which the enemy soldier might poke around, thereby setting off the explosive. In other words, if the other soldier is a “booby” he will be too stupid to avoid the “trap.” Hence, it is called a “booby trap.”

    There are also some bars/entertainment establishments called the “Booby Trap,” but I speculate that the origin of that name may have something more to do with the second meaning you discussed in your video….. :lol:

  53. wildman901 says:

    Booby-Trap is just another word for brazeire. :cool:

  54. radical_x says:


    I was gonna ask about one word but these are two similar words.I want to know the origin of words dude-pal.(sorry if i made any mistakes but i’m Greek so….u understand)


  55. danzig387 says:

    I would like to know the origin of the word./ phrase boiler-plate.

  56. guardianjosha says:


    I think it would be so named because only a boob (stupid person) could fall for a trap as such

    red :twisted:

  57. errinf says:

    “Let’s look at the word booby…” Ya, let’s. LOL

    “Booby is also slang for a woman’s breast.” It is? Wow. I mean, WOW!

    Very humorous lesson. Gotta love the prop humor and as well as the excellent word choice by our trusty busty teacher. Marina speaks with such conviction and authority on the subject. Ample authority and firm conviction. :wink: Am I busted yet? :smile:

    All I can say is if that is Marina’s jogging outfit she has on, you better stay out of her way if you see her jogging your way. I’d save your word request for another time if that happens, as it might be dangerous to interrupt her en route. Then again, what a way to go… death by sports bra. :lol:

    On a slightly more serious note, television is indeed the boob tube, and it is going the way of the dodo bird. I’ve never been all that much into television, except for some public television, as it truly is aimed towards the lowest common denominator. If you have never seen the movie ‘Network’, it’s all about television, and is considered one of the best movies made. Even though made in the late 1970′s, it is still very relevant today when it comes to what television is about. I prefer the internet where I can control my own content and find cool things like Hot For Words, which I somehow found on youtube and originally viewed as I was curious about it’s title. There’s so much out there if you go looking for it… the American television model of planting yourself in front of the boob tube and expecting everything to come to you is old hat. Too many people are ignorant of how the internet has surpassed television as a viewing outlet. But that will change in time.

    On a parting note, where’s that huge great dane from the other HFW videos? Was it traded for a smaller pink-eared model? I guess that dane was just from one of Marina’s modeling sessions, but for some reason I thought I saw a video in which she said it was hers. And maybe I jest, or maybe I was fooled, but I thought it;s name was Harlequin. Whoever that great dane belongs to, and whatever it’s name, it looked pretty cool, especially if was a big male dane. I like to playfight with a friend of mine’s full grown male pitbull, and it is a lot of fun because it is just play even though it always looks like something akin lion-taming to others watching the man vs dog ‘fight’. If introduced as a friend to most dogs, they will play or playfight with a human like they do with other dogs. It’s fun with the bigger dogs, to me at least, because all dogs like to play like that without really biting hard or hurting their playmate. Being animals, real fights for them are dangerous and serious, but playfighting is part of their nature as a way of testing toughness. The males especially love it, and it is surprising how gentle they can be as they make sure not to bite down too hard on the human they are friendly too. Really quite amazing aspect to dogs, IMHO. Anyway, that’s what I think of when I think of that great dane, as it looks like it’d be fun to playfight with. Only now it’s shrunken and pink-eared… I better go easy on it. ; )

    Thanks for the amusing booby video, Marina. It was quite ‘licious too. Another job well done by our busty Hot For Words. Okay, now I’m busted… Peace, Errin : )

    • Marina says:

      errinf.. Great Dane is mine.. pink eared dog is not :grin:

      • errinf says:

        I thought as much. Somehow I knew you’d go for the big dog. :grin:
        I guess that photo shot of you and your doggie from the video lesson must be your own personal pet photo. How cute. :smile:

        Thanks for clarifying my canine conundrum, Marina. One thing I forgot to do amid all my boobery was the homework assignment. Perhaps booby trap has to do with the booby bird? Maybe it got it’s name for being so stupid and easy to catch? That would make sense if the original booby trap was a bird trap that easily caught the stupid boobies. I imagine that enough boobies caught might have to be put in a booby hatch to be kept. Just a shot in the dark…

        …though if I am right, that would mean people were trapping and probably eating the booby as food. Which makes one wonder if such trappers were served booby for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, morning, noon, or night. Maybe if they had caught an ample amount of boobies, they could say that they had boobies for days. Hmmm, I wonder who else could claim that? :wink:

  58. dorsetwriter says:

    Booby trap, a bra is a booby trap, isn’t it :wink:

    Why is wind that blows, and wind as in the handle, spelt the same but seems to have different meanings.

    Thank you Marina

  59. augie says:

    :razz: boobie trap ummm i lov to boodie trap you sweetheart awsome lesson as all your hotforwords are great thanxs my sweet teacher

  60. labbatt78 says:

    For 1 it came from the Spanish word bobo. Y the interest? Because I think a lot of men are sucker punches for females breast. There r 2 other things I like better than boobs. What is it? Sorry, I’m not telling. :lol:

  61. alwaystextback says:

    Hi Marina! Good lesson!

    Could you do the words caucus or delegate? They talk about them a lot on the news with politics, but I don’t know where they come from.

  62. dellforce says:

    Hi Marina, (who earns 5 “mmmmmWWHAH”s from me)!! Your latest word draws the attention to a woman’s upper torso.. Now, I’d like to ask you to give me the “break down” and the “low down” on the word that draws the attention to the lower region of the body: the booty :oops: ! The word is CALLIPYGIAN. I’ll let you tell everyone what it means. All hail J-LO on this one. Byb-bye!!

  63. whirlwindjml says:

    Where did the the word punk come from. Lars Frederickson of RANCID once said basicly it was an inmate who sells his south end of his north bound self fo cigarettes. If that is what it means then I am not a punk :oops: lol. This leads me to my next question. Can I take you out sometime?? I look like this….. :cool:

  64. jz77 says:

    Words Requested: ubiquitous, xenophobe, and preface.

    Now I have to study for my discourse analysis midterm… but thanks for all the great study breaks!

  65. wajkazoo says:

    Hello Marina, I have a request but it’s not one specific word. I was watching an episode of (not sure if I should tell the shows name) and there was a question about Retronyms. As I understand it, retronyms are an original noun with a different adjective added. They usually are words that were derived from a new technology or situation etc. I’m sure that you know what they are but for your other students her e is a couple of examples. Acoustic guitar wasn’t a word until the electric guitar was invented; Black and white television wasn’t used until color televisions were invented; WW1 wasn’t called WW1 before there was a WW2; Cloth diapers were simply called diapers until disposable (plastic) diapers were invented. It has been very interesting trying to think of retronyms and was wondering if you and your other students could come up with some that I haven’t thought of yet. It’s sort of becoming a hobby. I have just recently (partly because of Hot for Words) have become interested in word origins. I even have people at work trying to think of retronyms. I have enjoyed trying to think of more and thought that maybe your students would also.
    I really enjoy your word investigations and how your beauty is parts of the appeal but you’re intelligent and knowledge is what is focused on. So nice to see you blow the stereotype away that beauty and brains cannot coexist in the same person. Keep up the great work!
    WAJKazoo, an inspired fan.

    • jz77 says:

      - various types of shoes (tennis, running, dress). At what point did adjectives begin describing types of shoes?
      - electronic mail (aka email)

  66. gkatskohn says:

    You know, Most of the words I ask for you to grab the origin of are strange or different words, well, Here is another word that most people wouldn’t, well in my opinion, think about getting the origin and whatnot of the word.


    There are television Channels, Different radio channels, and then there are River Channels. I just wonder what the difference is between Television Channels and River channels. And how did the River channels become Channels.

    Again, this is probably a word that most people wouldn’t even think about asking the origin and how it came to be. I would like a lesson, but if you can’t or choose another word, a simple reply would be great too. :razz:

    • Marina says:

      gkatskohn, without looking it up.. my first idea would be that a river channel has boundaries on both sides that guides or channels the water through it. A channel on TV is a certain frequency bound on both sides.. it might be a range like 101.9 to 102.1 and that range is the channel. Though I will have to look into it.

      • mikewas says:

        As a verb, one meaning of channel means “to direct or guide upon a course”. As a noun it refers to that which channels, as Marina said the boundaries of a river or the assigned frequency band of a communications channel.

      • pedantickarl says:

        I love the way this girl thinks.
        Marina, you did a great job!! of answering the question of what a channel is. As an engineer I was going to add something to that, but I couldn’t without being way too pedantic. :roll: :grin:
        The way you answered it, is perfect and I liked how you related it to a river channel. I love the way you teach.

  67. m1tchallica says:

    I would like to know the origin of the expression ‘knock on wood’. Thanks!

  68. nw2394 says:

    booby-trap apparently came into being in the 1850s, originally a schoolboy prank; or a trap for a presumably stupid schoolboy (like putting a bucket of water above a part open door. The more lethal meaning started during World War I.


  69. caribbeanryda says:

    great lesson marina! always wondered about how booby bcame a famous word. :mrgreen:

    as for the homework i would think that a “Booby Trap” would be called so because of the unsuspecting victim’s shock upon falling prey to it…such as one might receive a shock if shown a females boobies.

  70. jsmooth5atl says:

    On the Nickelodeon TV show Drake and Josh the little sister Megan refers her to her brothers as “boobs”. How about the word “booty” ? How come it means treasure but also someones buttocks ? :mrgreen:

  71. grandexandi says:

    word request: stereotype

  72. jswift says:

    I think they call a booby-trap a booby-trap because you have to be pretty stupid to get caught by one.

  73. nighteye says:

    Hello Marina,

    Great explanation, thanks ^_^

    As for the homework, it would be tempting to think the booby-trap has anything to do with a trap using boobies as bait, or a trap intended to get access to boobies. But given your explanation, it would seem to me that it’s more likely that a booby-trap is a trap meant to catch stupid people, or a trap that’s so obvious only dunces would fall for it. In latter case, boobies might well be the bait.

  74. artemus2u says:

    Marina – You have a dog with pink ears!

  75. Deimos says:

    is it because the trap would catch stupid people? people who were not smart enough to avoid them? Just a guess :???:

    Word Request:
    I would like to know the origin of the word crucifix…thanks teach

  76. alx says:


    this is a reply to one of your postings you wrote some time ago. it was about how the internet may change social behavior or the like.
    there’s an interesting article in today’s new york times. it’s not exactly about the internet but it’s about new technology, text messages. well, I thought it was interesting.

    • buzzword says:

      It is an interesting article, thanks. I am going to read it again latter. I’ll think about it every now and then and relate it to some other things, do a little referencing. I will discuss it with my wife and friends, listen to what they think. Later I might have something more to say about it. It may lead to something or may not. I hope your accustomed to this type of behavior, fewer and fewer people are. But, you read newspaper articles, so I suspect you may have the patience.

    • Marina says:

      Thanks alx.. just read it. I do prefer to receive texts than phone calls as well.. as they are less disruptive.. and I can answer them when I chose.. plus it forces people to get right to the point!

      In a way you could say that it’s bringing back the art of writing again.. who knows?

      • alx says:

        yes, I think of “chat language” and related things as some sort of … sociolect … you know, belonging to a group and picking up the lingo or something.

        also, there seems to be quite a lot of linguistic analysis and literature on chats.



        so, this is a serious research field.

        yeah, the art. hehe. maybe 1337 i5 4 |\I3w I<in|) 0f 4rt.
        are you familiar with tales for the leet? if not, watch it. it’s old but it’s funny. romeo and juliet, and hamlet in leet speech. :DD

      • Marina says:

        That was funny alx.. the Kool-Aid guy showed up at the end. I’m doing “Drink The Kool-Aid” in an upcoming video. :razz:

      • Prospero the Big Fat Jerk says:

        Hi Marina,

        Text messaging is great, I agree. I think it fills a gap between “full blown” phone conversations and “one-way” emailing. When one makes a phone call, one is almost invariably drawn into a back and forth conversation entailing customary opening pleasantries, some time period of communication, and then obligatory closing pleasantries. Often, it’s more than one really wants to get into with someone, and a text message and a quick response will do the trick. It has advantages over email because it’s instant. The recipient will generally get the message immediately, rather than leave the message unread for hours or days.

        I think, though, that it has little chance of reviving the “art” of writing. Over the last few years I have noticed anecdotally a sharp decline in the ability of people I encounter to write. Granted, they weren’t very proficient 10 years ago either, but now it’s hit new lows. People are taking their text messaging techniques (i.e. their “shorthand”) and using it in letters and emails. Constant use of the ampersand symbol instead of the word “and,” and other abbreviations like “w” and “wo,” are rampant in what should be more formal writing. Complete sentences are becoming hard to come by. And, it’s becoming almost a “badge of honor” for people to claim complete spelling nescience.

        The art of writing, like penmanship, is near dead. Change is the way of the world, and perhaps artful writing is no longer necessary. So be it. In my opinion, however, it’s refreshing to actually read a letter or email from someone who actually bothered to put their ideas into separate paragraphs and complete sentences, structuring their thoughts in a way that is clear and understandable. It’s downright breathtaking to actually receive one in which the spelling, punctuation and grammar actually approach some measure of consistency (if not accuracy).

        You’re doing something, Marina, to help in this regard. Spreading the knowledge that there is actually some structure to language will make some people who watch your videos at least think about what they write.



      • trgoblin says:

        If by the art of writing you mean communication between people in letters, I think email has enabled this, not texting.

        I met my wife in highschool when I was 14 and she was 12; we were always friends. Our lives took us in very different directions, to different cities, we only managed to hook up from time to time – and we never got seroius. It wasn’t until email made writing back and forth so simple that we really fell in love. In some ways, you can express yourself more clearly and poetically by writing a letter. Though so few of us actually use it that way.

        I think that even though technological innovation has been discontinuous for communication methods like pen and ink, the dynamic and cumulative changes to communication itself, are ultimately beneficial and leading to what I can only describe as the power of “We” – a better world. Email worked for me!

        by the way Marina… it looks like your dog shrunk :smile: How did you go from Great Dane to this little thing :?: (I couldn’t make out the breed). Or maybe you have two!

  77. Psychogoatkiller says:

    :sad: :???: :cry: :?:

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