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aardvark is from Afrikaners who called the beast an 'earth pig'; a synonym is antbear
the bowie knife got its name from Colonel Jim Bowie (1796-1836), who used this knife designed by his blacksmith brother
if your Adam's apple is larger than normal, you are cock-throppled
a Sherlock Holmes hat is a deerstalker and his coat with detachable cape is an Inverness
to escalade is to climb or get over by means of ladders
falafel comes from an Arabic word for pepper and falafels are deep-fried balls of ground chickpea, small peppers, and pickled cucumbers, served hot in pita bread
gallinippers are large mosquitoes
hoity-toity is a reduplicative phrase based on obsolete hoit 'to romp'
an idiopathy is a disease of unknown origin or one having no apparent cause
another word for twin or paired is jumelle
klatsch is from a German word meaning 'gossip'
landlubber does not mean 'land lover' but comes from Danish lobbes 'clown' as one who is inexperienced or awkward aboard a ship
mocteroof is an old term for dressing up damaged fruits and vegetables
a natkin is a disagreeable taste or smell
orc can describe any large ferocious sea creature, like a killer whale
piggesnye is an old term of endearment for one's sweetheart, literally, a darling pig's eye
quanked means overpowered by fatigue
retroussé refers to a nose turned up at the tip
Starbucks gets its name from Starbuck, the coffee-loving first mate in Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick"
the adjective form for armadillo is tolypeutine
umbra is the darkest part of a shadow
vamoose comes from Spanish vamos 'let us go'
the radio code wilco means 'will comply'
xenodochial means hospitable to strangers
Yankee probably comes from Dutch Janke a diminutive of the name Jan 'John,' that was used as a derisive nickname
a zonkey is the offspring of a zebra and donkey