There are many words that we use daily, but have no clue if, say a thousand years ago, they meant what they mean today. Is there a way to know which origin different words have? Yes, there is. The study of the origin and evolution of words is called etymology and, in fact, there are more words of foreign origin in many European languages than we can imagine.
This is an excerpt from an article I wrote in 2010 and published on celareartem.com, which was an experiment in art directing my writings back then. In it, I discuss the importance of the study of the origin of words. I also look into two words we use daily, but do not necessarily stop to think of the original meaning of the words.