Languages are alive and as they are spoken, interacted with other cultures, new concepts are produced. they get rich and develop. Words can derive from different roots or sources. One of them is people or communities. their names to use as a word.
Today, there are many words that have come to our language in this form. The story of some of these words is quite astonishing. We are so accustomed to the meanings of certain words in our language that we find it difficult to believe when we learn that they are essentially the name of a community or person.
To the person or persons who do not know the cost of old art monuments or works of art, and burn them down. vandal, we call their act vandalism. Vandals are actually a Germanic tribe that migrated from place to place in Europe for a while. This people, who migrated from the lands we know as Poland today to the Spanish peninsula and then to North Africa, were famous for plundering Rome. Those who damaged public property during the French Revolution were called Vandals.
Captain Charles Boycott, He was a ruler during the Irish Land War, collecting taxes in the name of Lord Erne. In 1880, Lord Erne offered his tenants (peasants) a 10% discount because the harvest was bad that year. Villagers asked for a 25% discount. Then they began to ignore the landowners. The word boycott emerged when The Times newspaper used the name Boycott.
Mongolian is the English version of the name of the tribe we know. It is a term used for people with Down syndrome. The reason for this is that the facial borders of individuals with Down syndrome were compared to the Mongols at the time.
While cultured individuals living outside the classical social costs were called bohemians, the meaning of the word in time became to live in a stray, devastated and loose way. Although it was first used to describe the cultured, Central European people, since it comes from French to our language, it later became a part of the gypsy societies of Central Europe. Bohemian
When it was learned that it was said , there was a shift in meaning in the word. It is the name of a wandering tribe spread over many different regions.
Another word on our list that takes its name from the Germanic tribes. Gothic. Although it is generally known as a sub-type of metal music in our country, the word gothic came to our language from French. As the French use this term with the meaning of primitive and barbaric, they also use it for the works of the late medieval period. At that time, the center of this art movement was the geography where the Gothic tribes lived.
Adolphe Sax is the inventor of this musical instrument. The name of this musical instrument is actually a wordplay between the words “Sax’s instrument” and “a musical instrument”. Although the inventor of the instrument is not known by many, Dinant, the place where he was born and lived, is in the middle of the places where the production of this instrument is done most adequately.
Étienne de Silhouette during the Seven Years’ War was one of the names responsible for the finances of France and once assumed the duty of finance minister. He was known for levying many taxes during his period. He followed strict policies especially towards the rich. The wealthy also turned to monochromatic shadows to create their own figures, instead of portraits, which were taxed and valuable. These shadows were named Silhouette and passed into our language as silhouettes.
lynche is actually a person’s name in our language. It is a word derived from the surname of Captain William Lynch, who was known for making extrajudicial executions by establishing illegal courts in the US State of Virginia and known for making decisions very quickly.