Friday, February 12, 2010

Word History Mystery 5

What does the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense have in common with the first five books of the Old Testament?

Answer to Word History Mystery 4:
What does a type of horse racing bet have in common with a musical group made up of three people?

Trifecta (tri = three + perfecta)

1 comment:

Clark H Smith said...

pentagon / pentateuch

What is interesting is that our word for a mixed party drink is also related to these two words. PUNCH dreives from the Punjab River in India which is fed by FIVE major tributaries. Traditionally punch requires five main ingredients.

Even the word FINGER derives from the same Indo-European root, penk'we, which feeds all these modern derivations.