Words are the building blocks of communication—but still, there’s a lot you probably don’t know about them. Even some of the most common words have surprising histories or hidden meanings. And at the same time, the English language is loaded with words that perfectly describe everyday things, but chances are that you don’t use them because you never even knew they existed. That is, of course, until now. Here are 40 wild word facts that will add flavor to your future conversations—and maybe even help lead your team to victory at your next trivia night. And for more things that will stimulate your brain, check out these 50 Surprising Facts That Will Make You Question Everything.