Word fact of the day: ‘wend’ was once a regular alternative to the verb ‘go’. It is fossilised in the phrase ‘wend our way’. ‘Go’ eventually took over, but we still use the past tense of ‘wend’ – ‘went’ – rather than ‘goed’. (via @susie_dent)

The waves on the ocean were originally known as WAWS in English, before confusion with the entirely unrelated verb WAVE, meaning to fluctuate or to move back and forth, led to the word being altered in the early 1500s. (via @HaggardHawks)

Dating from the 1100s, the French phrase ‘puis né’—literally ‘born after’—was used in official documents to designate younger siblings and junior rather than senior appointees. In the sense of being low-ranking or undeveloped, in English ‘puis né’ eventually became the word PUNY. (via @HaggardHawks)