It is through tracing the history of our words that we actually get to know the historical baggage we’ve been carrying all our lives. It’s also incredible how we rekindle and redefine the terms that were first coined hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. In fact, many terms we use almost every day actually have an incredibly strange origin, tightly connected to the historical period in which the term was first created. Somehow, this is very much the case with the Roman Empire, which coined dubious amounts of words that we use to this day.
Malaria is an infectious disease typically contracted through mosquito bites. It’s a terrible disease really, causing such symptoms as fevers, extreme fatigue, vomiting, headaches, and, in extreme cases, comas, seizures, or even death. The word, however, does have a neat story behind it. It comes from the Latin phrase “mal aria” meaning “bad air”. The term was used to describe the general vibe of Rome’s swamps.