Word Dissection: Flangiprop

Thanks to Daily Prompt for the idea!

WordPress has become so popular in the last few years that it now has its own dictionary to rival the great Oxford English Dictionary, but there was an unusual entry hidden among the internet slang; flangiprop.

So what does it mean?

Looking at the word from an amateur etymologist’s point of view it seems in a rather germanic way 3 seperate words have been put together; flan-, gi- and prop-.

Flan: We all know this is a form of tart, probably from the old germanic word flado meaning offering cake or the dutch word vla meaning baked custard. However, it also used to be an uncommon word for an arrow, and although its origins are unknown it is believed the original word had a meaning similar to ‘splinter’, and until around 5 Centuries ago in Scottland it meant an arrow-like marking on a map.

Gi-: Obviously this isn’t a word but could refer to the word gib, which was the name for a kind of 16th Century iron hook and in the 19th Century meant a piece of wood/metal etc which held something else in position. Though it is more likely it refers in this case to the word gibe, an unusual spelling of jibe, meaning agree/fit, and speculation suggests itstems from different pronounciation of the word chime in the sense that it means to be in harmony with something.

Prop: An object used in a performance originated as a shortened version of properties in around the 1400’s. Yet it also has an alternative definition of support, possibly from the german verb pfropfen which nowadays carries the sense of to plug, graft or cork.

After all of that, the best definition of flangiprop would be an agreement to support, and therefore more abstractly encourage, the eating of flans and other cake, or more simply, someone who is against healthy eating.

Basically, the definition of a flangiprop is….

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…Homer Simpson of course!

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Word Dissection: Chemistry

Although some words in chemistry are obvious at a glance as to why they are what they are e.g. hydrocarbons are called hydrocarbons because they contain simply carbon and hydrogen, where do we get the chemical words with a less obvious meaning from?

 

Monomer: the simplest repaet unit.      

Mono means one and the Greek meros means part.

 

Atmosphere: The gases surrouding a planet.

From the Greek where Atmos, meaning Steam/vapor, and spharia meaning spherical.

 

Aldehyde: an oxidised primary alcohol, it contains the -CHO group.

Abbreviation of modern Latin name alcohol dehydrogenatum.

 

Ester: the product of the reaction between carboxylic acids and alcohols.

Possibly an abbreviation of the german word Essigäther (ethyl acetate), where Essig means vinegar and Äther means ether.

 

Titration: a method of chemical analysis

From the french titrer meaning title or standard.

 

Alkali: a water-soluble base

From the Arabic al-qaliy meaning ashes

 

Elements: the different types of atom

From the latin elementum which means a matter in its most basic form           .

 

Equation: a formula which equates the reactants in a reaction with the products.

From the latin aequationem which means a community or equal distribution.

 

Oxygen:

A combination of the greek oxys, meaning sharp or acid, and genes, meaning formation or creation. French chemist Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier invented the name oxygène as at the time it was thought that oxygen was vital when it came to forming acids.