Mesomerica, squirrels, and puffy leather bags: an etymological Easter basket

Did you get any chocolate bunnies or eggs in your Easter basket—or just a bunch of black jellybeans as some sort of April Fools’ prank?

Well, I’ve got you covered with plenty of timely etymological goodies for this double holiday.

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Etymologies are like a bowl of jellybeans—you enjoy them more than you think you do. Every time. (Pixabay)

Chocolate comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) chocolatl. Bunny is a diminutive of bun, which first referred to a squirrel. Egg, way back when, may have meant bird, which I guess solves the age-old riddle. Easter is indeed related to east. The origin of basket comes up, well, kind of empty. And the Ancient Romans thought of a fool as having puffed up cheeks like leather bag.

Enjoy these posts from my archives, and save those black jellybeans for me. I rather like them. No joke.

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