Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wormy thoughts from Kerny

Dear Word Snoop,

I was just reading what Dian said about worms. This is what I want to know right now. Why are worms called worms?

I can't wait till you answer my question. All my family says I am really pushy. Sorry.

lol Kerny

Dear Kerny,

Gee, I hope this answer is quick enough!

The word worm is from an Old English word (that's the sort of English people spoke in England over a thousand years ago.) In those days worm meant a giant snake or a dragon. Somehow over time the idea of a worm grew smaller and smaller.

Still, it's something to think about next time someone tells you they've got a worm farm at home...

from the super-serpentine Word Snoop

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