In Old English, the past tense of CAN, meaning to know or be able, was ‘cuðe’, or ‘cuth’. It later picked up the standard –ed ending of most past tense English verbs and turned into the word COULD – but the original Old English form still survives in the adjective UNCOUTH (via @HaggardHawks@twitter)

Fun fact:

Pumpernickel literally means “fart goblin.” (German dialectical pumpern “to break wind” + Nickel “goblin, rascal,” used as an insult due to associations with Satan as “Old Nick”)

Originally an insult but applied to the bread because its fiber content causes gas.

(via @JessZafarris@twitter)

Janus, Roman god of beginnings and endings, has two faces that look simultaneously to the past and the future. In ancient times, offerings would be made to Janus for births, funerals and marriages and in January, to bring good luck for the year. #WyrdWednesday (via @Kerria@twitter)