August 21, 2016
hornet (noun)
\HOR-nut\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: any of the larger wasps that live in colonies
How do you use it?
The sky was sunny and the food was delicious, but a pesky hornet threatened to disrupt the Diaz family's perfect picnic.
Are you a word wiz?

Today's "buzz"-word, "hornet," names an insect that has bugged people for a long time. Among the people listed as answers, who do you think would have been first to use the word "hornet"?

Here's the buzz: answer D is the right choice. "Hornet" comes from the Old English word "hyrnet," which appeared sometime before 1100. It became "hernet" in Middle English, and finally developed into "hornet." The names of its close relatives in the insect world, "wasp" and "bee," also trace back to Old and Middle English and to the years prior to 1100. A much later addition to this group, at least language-wise, is "yellow jacket." It wasn't until the late 1700s that the name for that wasp landed in English.
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