Today I delve into one of my favorite types of history: word history. Yes, I am one of those people who reads the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) for fun...
You probably don't recognize the word "nadder" because, well, it doesn't exist anymore. Or rather, it's obsolete. But a few hundred years ago, when someone mentioned "a nadder," they were talking about the poisonous snake we now refer to as an adder. You'll notice that when said aloud, they sound exactly the same. And they are. The adjective/indefinite article "a" actually was derived from the word "an" which in turn was derived from "one." But because in Old English the article and the word it modified were written without a space (like this: anadder) confusion ensued.
The opposite confusion led us to the creation of the word "newt," which was originally an "ewt." In fact, some kinds of newts are still called efts, another derivative.
What's your favorite word history?