Why We Say "Stat" When We Need Something Quickly

We need more info on this, stat! ASAP! Now! Why does the word "stat" fall into this category of things that mean immediately? Although stat is often a shorter way to say statistic, that's not where it comes from in this case. Here, stat comes from the Latin "statim." Learn more about the word in the video below.

Why We See "Stat" When We Need Something Quickly

This video also includes a bonus fact about what "Wiki" actually means.

Why Do We Call It A Crush?

When you like comeone, you are crushing on them. But that sounds pretty violent, doesn't it?

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A crush is defined as: an intense but usually short-lived infatuation, or the object of such an infatuation. 00:06

  2. The slang use of "crush" first appears in a journal entry written in 1884. 01:14

  3. Linguist Warren Clements believes that "crush" was came from the word "mash" which was an offspring of the word "spoony". 01:51

What Is Meaning?

Dive into the meaning of meaning (how meta!) and how semantics and semiotics help us understand language.

Written by Curiosity Staff December 13, 2016

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