Word Play: The Curious Etymology Of Amazon

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Over the centuries, words can change meaning and have different implications. Take for example, “amazon”. If we were all living in the 14th century and the world’s largest online retailer existed back then, we would actually be ordering from BreastlessWoman.com. Here’s why.

According to the Mental Floss article – The Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words – the word amazon was born this way, “In the late 1300s, the Greek spoke of the Amazones, a Scythian race of female warriors that, according to popular folk etymology, had an interesting custom of cutting or burning off one breast in order to draw bowstrings more easily. They stood out quite starkly as a- mazos, ‘without breasts.’”

Good to know.

  • Tara

    Interesting little tidbit. But OUCH!

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