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  1. JST Books says:

    nice video. like the way you are telling the people to stay away from all these addiction. must be appreciated.Drugs of Abuse

  2. Anonymous says:

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    After an intake a person becomes very energetic and talkative; while
    withdrawal brings headaches, dizziness and motor skill disorders.

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  3. beevee14 says:

    I think it was put in cough syrup because heroin and all derivatives of the poppy(morphine, codeine, etc.) are cough and mucus suppressants. Thats why a junkie needing a fix will have a nose running like a faucet. In fact, codeine was still in over-the-counter cough syrup until the late 80′s in the states. Its still in 90% of the Rx syrups for that reason and pain-killing effects.


  4. leonard says:

    Hi James….The Velvet Underground – Heroin


    :idea: :lol: :razz:

    • beevee14 says:

      “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.” – Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

      How could Honest Abe possibly have known about Obama? I wonder how many Sunday shows hes on this week? :mrgreen:

      • leoNard says:

        I think it was on a hunting trip through Africa…{Amen}..Do you get a chance to go {hunting}? Hunting is the practice of pursuing living animals (usually wildlife) for food, recreation, or trade. In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. The species which are hunted are referred to as game and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.

        :arrow: sourced of … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting heLLo and how U B :?: Marina is still Word Queen ;-)

  5. boris komar says:

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  6. blueskies13 says:

    was it cocaine that also was used as medicine

  7. tedt says:

    Yes, it was sold as medicine, or….sort of.

    nice video, though it looks like she did it after cleaning the house, or just came home :lol: ………still a 5 star !!! :wink:

  8. wordlover says:

    Aspirin is now no longer a proprietary name. Keep up the good work, Marina-love!

  9. moondoggy says:

    Hay Snazzells

    you kick start my heart every time i watch you do your thang..
    my word is pistol bang bang


  10. socaljr says:

    Acetylsalicylic Acid, or otherwise known as ASPiRIN. I actually made some in an Organic Chemistry lab back in college, but I would not of eaten it!!!!! By the way…… I LOVE YOU !!! PLEASE MARRY ME!!!

    Oh sorry…….. for your video :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  11. guardianjosha says:

    asprine its a thought but I am just guessing off the top of my head.


  12. hutchiee says:

    :arrow: The trademarked Aspirin became aspirin.

    Great investigation, I had no idea that heroin used to be Heroin. Between coca in Coke and Smack Cough Syrup for Children (I wonder if there used to be a horse on the label?) it must have been a blurry time in the ol’ 1800′s. :cool:

  13. nlsmafia2008 says:

    Cocaine as in Coca-cola the drink, cocaine was also used in ear drops, cough medicine and some other products as well which were all banned by the government causing some of these manufacurers to lose their trademarks,patents, copyrights. At least I think so

  14. misterc says:

    Home answer to Heroin Cough Syrup? video


  15. mking3 says:

    I know Bayer created Aspirin, but their patent expired. Is that the word :?: Aspirin :?:

  16. jim london says:

    ok, I would like to make a request. I am totally befuddled by this word: “OBLOQUY”. My sister keeps using it and not telling me what it means; I can’t even begin to conceive were it comes from or how to use it…
    lots of love – jimbo

  17. bowlcephus says:

    Greetings Marina (the hottest teacher on planet earth),

    I’ve recently seen a documentary on ‘Metal’ music and the different origins of the band’s that play metal. However, the documentary never mentioned the origin of the word ‘Metal’.
    If you do this, this will complete my knowledge of a music genre I enjoy listening to.

    My request:

    thank you!

    p.s. :wink:
    if you have time, would also like the word origin of ‘genre’

  18. oiam says:

    what about the origin of the phrase,,
    “smart Alec” alex alecs????

    love the podcast,,, becomming a daily fix,,, thank you

  19. andrewbean90 says:

    :twisted: Guess what I kinda do for a living; I am sorta a Hacker I would still like a video of that btw thanks marina for doin the word horny on your radio show. :twisted:

  20. tomping61 says:

    bayer probably lost the copyright to the word “aspirin”. i can’t wait for your book.-tom from staten island,n.y.

  21. rustyg61 says:

    Hi Marina,
    I just stumbled across your site & now I can’t get enough of you….uh…..I mean your “lessons!” What can you tell me about the word “Deguello?” Thanks!

  22. xxdragonrunnerxx says:

    can you tell me the origin of the word “internet” for everyone knows what it is but not where it came from. thank you.

  23. lcl4 says:


    My word, or phrase is : stercore tuari

    Larry Lemke
    Fargo, ND

  24. shark1100 says:

    Hi Marina,

    I would like to know the origin and the meaning of the word “Fetish”

    I’ve been arguing to my friend saying that a “Fetish” is not just something sexual, but I’m not sure about that myself.

    Please help me out. haha

  25. gaia says:

    Hi Marina,

    I recently subscribed to your website and greatly enjoyed your last video.

    Can you please tell me the origin of the word: PHILANTHROPY

    With many thanks,

  26. bobbyqwartz says:

    Hi Marina,
    I’m new with all this but I wanted to know the origin of the phrase What’s Up?
    Thank You!:)

  27. leupold says:

    Hi, I have a nice challenge for you and a word many of my friends use that I am solicitous to know the meaning of

    The word: bob saget

    Please try without the use of internet (thats a hint) to identify the origin of the word and its meaning as best you can,who made the word become popular, and anything else you can do to inform us about the word.

    • Marina says:

      it looks like two words leupold :?:

      • leupold says:

        it is often pronounced as one word bobsaget, could also be written as bob-saget. Very often it is pronounced as a conjunction word and their is not usually a pause between words. You could pronounce it as one word. If thats the case could you try and define the word bob-saget.

      • leupold says:

        I also forgot to mention you have previously explained other “words” which are really two words or more:

        Valentine’s Day
        Raining Cats and Dogs
        Rule of Thumb
        Soap Opera
        Spitting Image
        To the Nines
        Trick or Treat
        White Elephants
        Head Over Heels
        Fifth Element
        Eleven and Twelve
        Duck Tape
        Duct Tape
        Balls to the Wall
        Horse Opera
        Hot Dog

        According to dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/word) and my large Merriam-Webster dictionary at home a word can be defined as: “a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation, that functions as a principal carrier of meaning. Words are composed of one or more morphemes and are either the smallest units susceptible of independent use or consist of two or three such units combined under certain linking conditions.” Thus, you have been misguiding your students on the very foundation of English morphology and philology by defining or explaining phrases to your students and trying to pass them off as words. When in fact they are not words but phrases.

        Even on Wikipedia if you search hot dog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_dog) it blatantly refers to it as a phrase: “According to a popular myth, the use of the complete phrase “hot dog” in reference to sausage was coined by the newspaper cartoonist Thomas Aloysius”

        If you are wondering, the request for the word definition of “bob saget” was a ploy to prove a point about your videos hot for words containing errata.

    • lividemerald says:

      Wasn’t he the guy who did The World’s Funniest Home Videos, or whatever that show was called? If his name has become a word, then I would suppose it has something to do with some funny antic.

    • aLx says:

      I don’t know why I’m repeating myself but here it goes.

      there’s more than on definition of what a word is. actually, it’s very hard to say what a word is, or a sentence. you may try to read up on morphology, phonology, and syntax.
      syntactically, words are more or less phrases, too. as are sentences.

      consider “can not” / “cannot”. one word? two words?
      many, many linguists all over the world have tried to come up with a definition for “word”. so far, there’s about four definitions most linguists agree on. depending on the linguistic field.

      there was no ploy, by the way. you asked for the word “bob saget”, not the phrase. other people on here request phrases. mostly idioms.

      by the way, wikipedia is not really a great reference. “hot dog” seems to be a compound word if it refers to the food. it’s a phrase when you refer to an actual dog that’s hot. but you know that, right?

  28. senior says:

    Can you tell us the origin of the word Slav? :wink:

  29. rudemanofreno says:

    Can you tell me, A place where people drink at is A bar, pub, (night)club.

  30. wastetimechasingcars says:

    I was wondering where the phrase “making out” came from.
    Kissing and making out don’t sound a lot a like haha :lol:

  31. beansdad says:

    I was walking with my 4 year old grandaughter today and we looked at the beautiful flowers on the dogwood trees and she asked me why they call them, “Dogwood?” Please research the word Dogwood.

  32. durandal says:

    I’d love it if you did the phrase “pyrrhic victory.” I find its origin story really interesting, and not many people know the word let alone the story behind it.

  33. greenhaaron says:

    I work in water resource conservation and noticed a lot of streams in South Central Pennsylvania begin with the prefix cono- (ie: Conowingo, Conostoga, etc). I’m guessing it stems from a Native American language, any more info than that would be interesting. Thanks.

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      Yep. My old girlfriend went to Conestoga High School on the outskirts of Valley Forge. And we can add location names such as Conshohocken, Conneaut Lake, and Conequenessing Creek to that list. Maybe even Canadohta Lake up in northern PA as well. And let’s not forget Fort Ticonderoga. I’m guessing the natives of the Susquehannock language group figure prominently into the mix there. But aside from place names, not that much is known about them because they left so long ago. There were also other groups like the Erie, Oneida, Mingo, and Seneca who were known to travel and trade through central PA.
      But as far as I know, the state of Pennsylvania has no formally recognized Native American tribal groups still existing. They all were either forced out or eradicated back in the late 18th century. Kind of a sad statement, eh? Maybe someone will prove me wrong. I kind of hope so.

  34. parsifal says:

    Privet, Prepodavatel (I hope I spelled that right). If I may, I would like to tweak something. It was said that heroin was from German Heroin (both were pronounced the same way and in German the H should be capitalized). When pronouncing “Heroin” in German the I should be pronounced as a long E. Like: hair-oh-een. The IN at the end of German words is always pronounced een. For example:


    Machs gut. Viel Spaß.

  35. ladycop says:

    Where does the expression “Badge Bunny” or “Holster Sniffer” come from?

  36. drawfour says:

    Where does the word “tattoo” come from? And do you have any? :)

  37. mosescali says:

    can you find the origin of toffee? thanks

  38. yeeeaahhbaby says:

    My word is ‘soccer’
    Why does the rest of the world call the sport football and Americans use the word soccer? Where does it come from?
    Love yaahh

  39. theoddgeteven says:

    What a stream……Introduce us to your sister. That would be interesting. Is she helping with production?

  40. roadrunrnch says:


  41. fireduck01 says:

    hey how are doing today i fine

    can you do a thing on Vampire’?
    ples :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    and i would to be a your pet ples :smile: :smile: :smile: :neutral: :neutral: :neutral: :neutral:

  42. nyagwaispiritbear says:

    I wonder iffn this a “Red Herring” case?? LOL

  43. fang says:

    How about the word Obtuse :idea:

    I have always wondered how the same word can be used as a technical term in geometry, AND be a euphemism for being dumb

  44. biscuits says:

    noncognitivism :mrgreen:

  45. Obviously you have become quite the internet sensation of late. I applaud you for your accomplishment, intelligence, and cleverness in bringing etymology to the masses.

    Four years ago I created a website entitled http://www.freefrankgable.com.

    It is the story of a petty criminal who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Oregon Corrections Chief Michael Francke 17 years ago. A conviction which was obtained primarily from the testimony of drug users and jailbirds who were looking to make a deal on their own charges or possibly collect reward money. Other reasons consist of inadequate representation, prosecutorial misconduct, withholding of evidence, suppression of exculpatory evidence, inability to use third party guilt defense, corruption, and a cover-up within the department of corrections and state government.

    One such witness, Cappie “Shorty” Harden, the state’s only alleged eyewitness, was located by myself three years ago living just three miles from my home. I befriended Shorty and a month later he admitted to a local newspaper reporter that he lied at trial when he said he witnessed the killing. He is not the first witness to recant his testimony, although he’s the most significant.

    There was never any physical evidence admitted at trial that could implicate Frank Gable in this crime, and interestingly, the victim’s family believes in Mr. Gable’s innocence as well.

    I’d be honored if you have the time to peruse my website to familiarize yourself somewhat with the case and possibly profile it in some way in order to enlighten the masses to this travesty of justice.

    I realize that request doesn’t quite fit within the boundaries of your videos, but….you never get anything unless you ask for it.

    It is quite difficult to come up with one word which might enable you to bring attention to Mr. Gable’s wrongful conviction. I have offered some phrases within the context of this post that might be appropriate. The word “injustice” comes to mind initially, although you’re the philologist. Haha!

    Again, congratulations on what you’ve accomplished with your website, your YouTube page, as well as academically.

    Rob Taylor
    Webmaster: http://www.freefrankgable.com

    • okay4now says:

      :idea: Hey I’ve got a few words, how ’bout:

      exploitative, intrusion, ill-chosen & encroachment :?:

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      I like “exculpatory.”

    • prospero811 says:

      You’d do better not to have loud, crappy music on that website. At least have a button to click it off. It’s hard to read with that going, and takes away from the seriousness of the issue.

      • prospero811 says:

        o.k. – found the button to turn it off. It’s hard to see – you have to scroll down to find it, and it’s not highlighted or made obvious.

      • Thanks for the critique. You’re the first in four years to mention not liking the music. I’ve actually received a few compliments from others over song choices. I have a tendency to speak through music sometimes. It is the universal language. Guess we don’t share the same musical taste.

        Thanks for taking the time to peruse the website. Your point is well received, and I’ll be taking the music off.

      • okay4now says:

        My objections are that this doen’t belong on this site :sad: It is really too off topic & is placed here because of HFW’s popularity and is too exploitative. I won’t visit his site as I don’t trust him. He “befriends” a perjurer (exploitative) for friendship or to use him? I thought this was suppose to be about words. What about my causes? I have a car to sell why don’t I just post in on this site?

      • prospero811 says:

        okay4now – I don’t disagree.

  46. ticojay says:

    Two nominations for your to consider.


    Eye Candy

  47. saaandr0 says:

    heeey marina i wanna ask if you can do the word Honorificabilitudinitatibus? thx greez

  48. gerber411420 says:

    I would like to know the origins of cynarin

  49. s0ltys says:

    Hello Marina. I wonder what is the origin of word “HotForWords” :)

  50. Bob says:

    Craning my neck.

  51. beezhan says:

    I want to know how you can be a “Jack” of all trades, be nick-named “Jack” (when your name is really John), play “jacks”, and be the 3rd or 4th ranking card (depending on what you’re doing with aces) in a deck (shouldn’t that be the prince)? You can “jack around” with someone you’re giving a hard time to. If someone doesn’t care they may or may not “give jack crap”. You raise a car with a “jack”. Someone who is out of line is “jacked up”.

    What is Jack?

    Yours, beezhan

    • beezhan says:

      oh… and “asprin” I would think.

    • captainjack says:

      Your wondering who Jack is? :mrgreen: Welcome to the club. I am a Jack, or thats what my parents call me. When I grew up I was always confused. My dad asked me to lift the end of the car so he could change the tire. My mommy used to label my cloths with my name on it so I would know it was mine. So I went to Jack-in-the-Box restaurant and tried to take out all the hamburgers to restock my fridge and the employees said I couldn’t do that. I said why not? :shock:
      My name in on everything in the store! I have a radio station. It’s called 96.5 JackFM http://jackseattle.com/ . I tried to change the stations broadcasting channel and they threw me out the door. Im the Jack of all trades. I’m a RC pilot, skipper, Marketing manager, cook, teacher, rescue swimmer, forklift driver, security guard, cart racer, ham radio operator, helmsman, gunner, traveler, computer programmer, photographer, engineer, shall I continue? When I left for work at the end of the day my friends would always say “When do you get off Jack?” My real name is not John. Nobody wants to play Jacks with me. Marina doesn’t give Jack crap about me. Its maybe because I act like a jack ass. I better stop Jack Sprat before he jumps over the candle stick. No wait? What that Jack be nimble? heheheh…. :grin:

  52. gamerdude94 says:

    Can you tell me the orgin of the word “dike/dyke” and how a word to define a waterway came to mean a slang term for lesbian?

  53. om113513 says:

    great show as usually i would like to now the mening of the word hardcore :grin:

  54. stokesjrj1 says:

    Marina I think it was aspirin.


  55. madmonkey007 says:

    Hi Marina, i would like the origin of the word “rugby”, you know, the beastly game played by gentlemen…

    liebe grüße


  56. matalexwolf says:

    Marina, great video. Much Chortle :lol:

    Bob Crane? hhmmmm….Bob….

    Had a visitor during the week, uninvited. Stole many items, but thankfully he didn’t get far when captured. So got me thinking about the word, burglary and where it originates from. Hope you can investigagte :smile:

    My G-sibs have Presented me with a problem word. They are Presently asking how when I Present their Presents to them, I seem to have Presented a Present they did not wish for, which is a problem at the Present time as presently I am busy but can return the Presents to the Present shop tomorrow…….. can you help us out on this one teach?

    ThanX HFW143always

  57. endrik says:

    Hi Marina!
    Can you plz tell me the origin of the word STIGMATA? I know that it’s an illness but i heard it to be used in some other contest.
    Bye :!:

  58. captainjack says:

    Hey Marina,

    Could you get me your sisters cellphone number and email addy for me? Why you ask? Well I think your identical twin sister is smarter and cuter than you. I think I should ask her out on a lunch date to get to know her a bit more.


  59. rocker_topper says:

    I have a serious request…. i would like to know what the origins of the word onomatopoeia are…. thanks for all your help professor!!!!

  60. astaroth267 says:

    What are the origins of the word ‘Vampire’?

  61. labbatt78 says:

    If I’m not mistaken I think the name heroin is just a trademark name for a children’s cough syrup. That may be the reason y.

  62. hello, Marina.
    as I posted on youtube:
    how did the word “lick” come to mean both:
    “to stroke with the tongue”
    “to strike (with fist or weapon)/to decisively defeat an opponent”?

    that really seems peculiar.

    kuramashot881 posted (imo) a good one: “stalemate”
    I suspect it is Farsi, through chess, like “shah maht” became “checkmate”

  63. JR says:

    What are the origins of the word



  64. swedehunter says:

    Hello my dear teacher…
    Another nice lesson to start the day with. Even though I feel I coud use some medicine, I think I will pass that one!

    I have a question, that may be seven….

    Is there an explanation for the word wednes???
    My real question, where does the name of the weekdays actually come from.
    Some say you have the tuesday and thursday from our old nordic Gods Tyr and Tor, but is that true and where does the other come from??

    From your dear student / Swedehunter

    • pennsyltucky9 says:


      The way I understood it, ‘wednes’ is a derivation of Wotan’s, Wodin’s or Odin’s day. I think you probably are familiar with that one too, eh, Swedehunter? Freytag I’ll leave to you.

      The others are astronomical references, sun, moon (monday), and the planet saturn.

      • Bob says:

        Actually, I believe that they are all astronomical references and that there are only seven days in a week because, when the words were first coined, there were only seven astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye – Sun, Moon and the five planets, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.
        If the telescope had been invented earlier we would all be working longer before we got a weekend.

      • luka says:

        Wednesday is Wotan’s Day, and Friday means Freya’s Day.

      • lividemerald says:

        Then isn’t the expression Thank God It’s Friday a sort of theistic mishmash? Mixing Christianity with Norwegian mythology? On the other hand, Christianity is well known for dipping into paganism for one apeasement or another….

  65. eonveryh4hfw says:

    Hi first started watching you from phil’s site and its great to see a beautifull women…..ok I forgot what I was going to say :s

    Anyway my favourite word is……..


    I use it for everything especially when people in the world do stupid things.

    Thanks xx

  66. slipperynoodle20 says:

    Aspirin. Others include xerox, kleenex and vise-grip.

  67. proud_daddy01 says:

    i have a few more word that come to mind.
    1. hi
    2. so
    3. yes
    thank you

  68. cigarette :neutral: that the word id like to know about :D

  69. 000007565 says:

    what does the word REDNECK come from could you do that for me thx. Marina!

  70. azarra says:

    Let see if anyone knows the meaning of SUNTORY or what is is? :wink:

  71. greg_ says:


    Can you please define the word “Defenestrate” for me. Thanks in advance =)

    • an apparently recent construction from Latin: “to toss out of a window”
      it might be from french or english writers. I don’t believe it is legitimately “classical” or classically derived through natural linguistic drift.
      Marina’s take on this will be more thorough, I’d imagine.

  72. proud_daddy01 says:

    Hello Marina
    This is my first time on your site. I find it very interesting to find out where some of the words and phrases in you lessons come from, If you dont mind i would like to know the origin of the word saint and its meaning? i would also like to know about the word foreman, since I am one myself.

  73. Rob says:

    Hi Marina,
    I wrote to Bill O’Reilly and told him to bring you back on his show.
    Maybe you could investigate the word “Microcephalic” and tell Bill that he is using “Pinhead” in a politically incorrect way. He doesn’t seem to listen to me. I’m sure you could straighten him out. :grin:

  74. dreamchrisdream says:

    Where did the phrase “Make-Up” come from?

  75. waterrabbit says:

    Our trusty locution deciphering heroine, at what point can we look forward to throwing you a graduation party?


  76. b3boy2 says:

    sorry i meant origion not oridion :oops:

  77. b3boy2 says:

    can you find the oridion of the word zoo? :?: :smile:

  78. topher says:

    can you do the word skold :idea:

    thanks topher

  79. trash man says:

    Is the other Bayer product asprin? u are hott!!!!

  80. ragabashmoon says:

    Is Kool-Aid still an actual trademark, or has it become a “lost” word due to their popularity?

    • ample says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s still a trademark, owned by Kraft Foods Company.

      • ragabashmoon says:

        Ok, yeah I thought it still was, but it is very common now for any artificial fruit drink, as evidenced by the fact that “drinking the kool-aid” comes from an instance where it was actually Flavor-Aid BRAND that they drank. (See Marina’s lesson on that! :) )

  81. niet says:

    I have a really good word….BRASSIERE, interesting…you know :shock: anyway a love you site.

  82. okay4now says:

    Aspirin, and the name Bob :wink: is very funny.

  83. roadrunrnch says:



    Cisco lost rights to iPhone trademark????

  84. petaunot says:

    Hello Marina,

    I have a phrase for you look into, “Cute as a bugs ear”,
    If you would so please to do so.

    P.S. I like your nose.

  85. andrewbean90 says:

    Guess what I kinda do for a living; I am sorta a Hacker I would still like a video of that btw thanks marina for doin the word horny on your radio show.

  86. jrr2602 says:

    Asprin… :smile:

  87. andycg2 says:

    Well my request is for three words but they all refer to the same thing.
    Why do Americans call them chips while Brits call them crisps, and what we Brits call chips Americans call French Fries?
    Confuses the hell out of me. :shock:

  88. d_f_v_r_m says:

    new word PENISLOGY? :neutral:

  89. metalgod says:

    Dear Teacher:

    I would like to know the origin of the word PERKELE, I know ITS NOT an english word but I think it wouñd be pretty interesting to know


  90. toysjoe says:

    Yes, the word is Aspirin

    For a future lesson I would like to request the word “woo”

  91. jindai says:

    Bayer lost the trademark for the word Aspirin, as well.

  92. runawayscott says:

    I would like to request a video on the word ‘fetish’ as in; I have a fetish for girls with Russian accents. :smile:

  93. tedddz says:

    could u do a video for Suicde for am8 of mine

  94. voldo2006 says:

    No one I rather learn from but you but can you tell me where touche (too-shay) came from.

  95. ample says:

    I hope Bob and Arnold aren’t trafficking Heroin…

  96. metalgod says:

    mm.. this one didnt lost its trademark but it was pretty close, its kleenex you know the tissue?

  97. dsword says:

    Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction before it was discovered that heroin is converted to morphine when metabolized in the liver, and as such, “heroin” was basically only a quicker acting form of morphine. The company was somewhat embarrassed by this new finding and it became a historical blunder for Bayer.
    As with aspirin, Bayer lost some of its trademark rights to heroin following the German defeat in World War so the answer is “aspirin”

  98. tdwnarrows says:

    You named the bird Bob.It looks like a Bob..haa Thanks for the great lesson.Five stars

  99. bad doggie says:

    YAY!!! My name’s up in lights!!!

    Aspirin ranks right up there with heroin and penicillin,,, I think :?:

    It has many different uses.

  100. I was looking for the origin of music genres like Pop, Rock, or Metal. Rap and Country are pretty easy to figure out but the other three don’t really make any sense. The only possible solution that I can come up with is that the feeling of the music is metaphorically similar to the noun or verb of the names. Thank you and keep up the good work!


  101. samrec says:

    Hello Marina !
    An idea of video :idea:
    I’m french, you like french ?

    Can you make a video on the French boys !!! :lol:

    or a video on the Mustard of DIJON !

    Thank you in advance and a little gift,
    you are very beautiful girl !

    Bye :wink:

  102. melikadothechacha says:

    Dear Teacher,

    Erotic and exotic are two words that come to mind.
    (men tend to find themselves attracted to that in the women.)

    Mostly what we find is more neurotic than erotic,
    and psychotic instead of exotic… :sad:

    Thank you for being the former and not the latter!

  103. claptonwannabe says:

    Hi Marina – yes – I love you!

    I have a request regarding the origin of the phrase: “Freeze the balls off of a brass monkey”.

    Being from Canada – and seeing that we had snow here in Halifax today – it reminded me of this saying. But where did it come from????

    I am your servant!

    Darrell XOX oXo

  104. melikadothechacha says:

    the Bayer company is well known for it’s acetylsalicylic acid,
    tradename: aspirin. that wasn’t so hard

    If heroin (trademark of the Bayer Co.) was for kids,
    what did adults use for a cold? Yak Phhfft?

    pimento cheez

  105. theonetek says:

    hello marina,

    would like to discuss the word “espionage”… waiting for the enlightment….

    by the way…. are you single?

    xoxo :evil:

  106. anualmix says:

    Dear teacher Marina.

    I would like to know if it`s possible the origin of the word “Coke”.

    I´ve heard it`s related to cocaine but im not sure.. so if you could help me… since its a common word used by so many people in all the world!

  107. trialguy says:

    Hello Marina!
    Hello Marina!

    I’m a newbie, but I’ve been to Moscov twice, in ’88 and ’89. I like the ratio of M:W there!

    Anyway, I thought you should do something on the word, “ort.” My English scrabble buddy played it and, despite the cunning linguist that I am (don’t say that too fast!), I challenged it and lost the turn. It means “a bit of food” or “crumb.”

    (I posted this in Help because the posting window didn’t appear the first few times I came to this page.)


  108. donfelipegonzales says:

    Dear teacher
    This one was the best video I’ve seen in this website! The mystery thickens about your sister… And what is the name of this animal student I’ve seen in the beginning of the lesson? Pied de grue?
    Well, excuse me, I’m overstepping my bounds.
    I did my homework as requested, respected teacher. I regret to have been so late to answer because other students gave the good answer. Yes, the aspirin is the drug the company lost the trademark. It happened after W.W.I, the peace (it was a tradition to make war in Europe at those times) signed at Versailles ordered the german to give up the trademarks for some products (including aspirin) and for some country like USA and ….France. But some country like Canada are forbidden to use the name aspirin (accordingly to my sources, it seems strange to me…).
    I hope this work doesn’t look like a simple copy from other students’
    Your devoted student
    Don Felipe.

    • donfelipegonzales says:

      Dear teacher,
      I forgot about the Maxim Radio Show :
      It’s obvious, this is going to be easy for you, no need to wish you good luck. You are the best!
      Your devoted student
      Don Felipe

  109. tch1010 says:

    What is the origin of the words “Boogy Woogy?” Does it have anything to do with the “Boogyman?”

  110. flapteam says:

    Hello teacher… I think correct is third option….

    Your english lessons are fantastic… see you soon.

  111. zachary says:

    good lesson teacher!
    Will we get to see your sister sometime? :wink:

  112. denomolous says:


    If the prefix Con is the opposite of Pro, does that mean that Congress is the opposite of Progress???

  113. winkythesock says:

    Was wondering where the word EEJIT originated from

    any ideas hotforwords?

  114. kramp says:

    Where the name Salim comes from, in the Middle East, Bizantine people, ortodox?
    sorry no answer for this one

  115. harveycasual says:

    Hi Marina,

    Bayer lost the rights to Gobble-Dee-Goop!

    :arrow: :lol: :!:

  116. prospero811 says:

    I think the key one that Bayer lost trademark rights in after heroin was aspirin.

  117. shane says:

    I’m wondering about the term ‘Gung Ho’.

    In english we use this term to say that someone is motivated or excited about something. ‘He’s all gung ho’.

    I always thought this was a chinese word that had a similar meaning. But I recently asked a friend of mine from China and he said that he has never heard of gung ho, and that it means nothing in chinese.

    So where did it come from?

    • jafstraycat says:

      It was from Chin gōng hé, the abbreviated name of the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society, taken by a literal translation as “work together”. Originally introduced as a training slogan in 1942 by U.S. Marine officer Evans F. Carlson (1896-1947).

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      I thought that was a Korean Conflict-era phrase. Could be wrong, though.

    • melikadothechacha says:

      You got some good replies. another tidbit – kung fu is an error
      in pronounciation muchas Donkey Kong is (should have been
      Monkey Kong). Gung Fu, or kung fu, translates as “hard work”.
      As per gung ho? i dunno how the ho part translates, sorry.

      • bad doggie says:

        Just as the word “Gook” came out from a misinterpretation
        of ‘Migook’ = Korean language for ‘American’ ,,, I learned this while serving in South Korea back in 1972-73. So “Kiddies” when you hear
        the word Gook they’re talking about Occidental and not Oriental.

  118. alchemist says:

    Hello beautiful Marina

    Our friend markus74 did a good job.
    I only want to add some notes on Heroin: In this time, when they invented the compound of Heroin (firstly by an English), there was no real good drug agains pains (Keyword: surgery). Morphium (morphine), the precursor of Heroin (diacetyl morphine) had the big disadvantage to make someone addicted in short time. By a chemical conversion the morphine became more effective. That means you need not so much from it, like from morphine to reduce pains. And at this less potion it seems not to make so addicted. When Bayer bought the reciepe to make diacetylmorphine, he thought to have a perfect high effective drug agains any pains. And by the way, all these opiates have the property to stop the tickle in one’s throat – a good drug against cought.
    Finally the big business of the pharmaceutical industry let them ignore the side effects. Money rules the world.

    • pennsyltucky9 says:

      Yes, as evidenced in the Opium Wars. Now there’s an interesting subject of cross-cultural analysis for the historians to puzzle over. And look where it got us (especially in the inner cities). It’s all about the money, however. Excellent observation.

  119. tsta1n says:

    Whoa, some people asre just creepy, Nighteye!

  120. nighteye says:

    Nice video, Marina. And I have to say, that orange really suits you – it brings out the blue in your eyes, making them look more intense. :wink:

  121. turtlewax says:

    but aspirin is the famously obsolesced trademark

    boy, heroin cough syrup, tape worm diets, cocaine M&Ms… I wonder what’s around today that folks will look back on in the same way

    great video, Marina. Thanks.

  122. 0wildbill0 says:


    Aspirin is the trademarked name that became so common in use that they lost the trademark on it. Other examples from other companies include Escalator, Mimeograph, Kerosene, Dry Ice, and Linoleum. This is part of Trademark law and happens when a name becomes too popular and is considered “In common use.” It then loses its trademark status and protection. Does this earn me the Teacher’s Pet this week?


  123. pennsyltucky9 says:

    I know they came up with aspirin. But it would appear that markus74 has truly finished this assignment already, so why add to his exhaustive list? Nice job, markus4! There may be more, but it looks like they become more and more obscure as the list continues.

  124. fil1p says:

    I would like to know the origin of the word “blonde”.Thanks Teacher.

  125. albino says:

    There’s seems to be some confusion between:




    Most people cite y’all as the correct way to spell it, but in the South “ya” is also considered a word, and since it (likely) originated in the South you would think the contraction is ya + all and not you + all. I’ve always seen it as ya’ll and wasn’t until I actually looked around on the Internet for it that I saw it as y’all, which is apparently the officially recognized way to spell it.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if you could help clear this whole mess up :)

    • pennsyltucky9 says:



      I wonder if the origin of “ya” might stem from the archaic “ye” as used in ye olden days, or perhaps it derives from scriptural usage, as in “O ye of little faith…” and has merely undergone vowel shifting, like so many other words have over the course of time (i.e., the so-called Great Northern Cities Vowel Shift).

      For me, though, the interesting concept is how the pluralization of the word “you” (plural collective, as a substitution for “you guys” or “you folks over there”) changes so much from place to place in the Eastern US.
      Subtleties of apostrophal placement notwithstanding, consider the differences between the colloquial New York City form “you’se,” the Pittsburghese form “yinz” (or, spelled more formally, you-ones, or you-uns :roll: ), and the contraction of “you-all” used south of the Mason-Dixon line: “Y’all” (have to admit, I’ve never seen it represented as “Ya’ll” but technically, I ain’t from the deep south neither, just the hill country :smile:).

      For example, the New York form and the Pittsburgh form are from a (roughly) similar latitude in comparison to the Old South form, but the presence of the Appalachian chain with its 200 or so mile-wide barrier of high ridges running all the way from Maine to Georgia has effectively separated the two metropoli such that their respective vernacular usage forms have taken off in divergent yet parallel evolutionary directions. Hmmmm.

      The other thing I find worthy of remark in respect to this concept is that NONE of these area vernaculars seem to exhibit any parallel to their collective pluralizations of “you” in the way that they express the idea of “WE.” No need, I guess… Y’all are either with us or agin’ us, so to speak…

      Boy, ya really got me on a roll there. C’mon back.

      Have a fun day!

      • albino says:

        It sounds like there should be an entire segment on all of these variations :)

        If you Google “ya’ll” you’ll see that there’s 12 million matches, so clearly I’m not the only one who has always used that variation. One of my favorite combinations similar to what you were talking about is “all ya’ll” as in “all ya’ll are crazy about words ’round here” :)

      • donfelipegonzales says:

        Dear fellow student
        Thank you very much for this peace of american langage analysis. This is really huge! I’m not a native anglophone ,so this kind of comment reveals a lot about the regional variation in english pronunciation!
        A fellow student,
        Don Felipe.

      • slipperynoodle20 says:

        I live in a part of Wisconsin where they use “youse”, as in youse guys are crazy. I have a new co-worker at the boatyard who is from Glasgow in Scotland and today as we were drinking beers he used “youse”. I asked him to repeat it to make sure I heard it correctly.
        The use of “youse” has all my life been a sort of local amusement and a marker for someone who is from around here.
        What a surpise to hear it from a Glaswegian.

      • Bob says:

        This form of “youse” is quite common in many parts of Scotland and also in parts of Northern England. Other unusual (to my sassenach ears) forms which I hear are “uz” and “wir” used in place of “our”.
        It all sounds very weird when youse first encounter them but youse soon get youse to it.

      • lividemerald says:

        I don’t use youse, but it sounds youseful.

    • melikadothechacha says:

      In the movie “Fargo”, Ya was both a question and the answer
      Ya? Ya!

  126. markus74 says:

    marina, how can I be a teachers pet do I need to **** **** **** 5214 ?

  127. markus74 says:

    aspirin, glucophage, baygon, bayfresh, glucobay, adalat, adalat gitts, aleve, midol,
    bactrim, one a day, berroca, baycox, baytril, ciprofloxacin, avelox, canesten, yasmin, YAZ, levitra, merina, ultravist, lopamiron, kogenate, betaferon, magnevist, nexavar, diane, ascensia, etc….

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