April 12, 2013

What I Just Learned #1

This is the first of a series of short blogposts about a cool thing I learned about in a day. This time I'd like to talk about the word "Blackmail". Apparently, the word 'mail' derives from a Scotish word for 'rent'. Many years ago people uses the following terms:
  • White Mail = Payment in the form of silver
  • Black Mail = Payment in the form of grain or meat.
And that is why, my friends, that farmers during those times paid "blackmail" to marauding gangs to protect their crops.

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