It’s strange to think that the words that come out of our mouths on a regular basis can have such a mysterious past. Here are twenty words with weirder backgrounds than Nicolas Cage.
The modern word popped up in 1855 as slang for a failed theatrical production, but several years later it began to refer to other disasters as well. It comes from the French phrase “fiare fiasco” which means “to turn out a failure,” but that phrase comes from the Italian phrase “far fiasco,” which means… “make a bottle”
No one’s exactly sure what the two have in common, but there are a couple of theories. One is that glass crafters in Venice made bottles out of pieces that weren’t up to their standards, so the bottle was made from failure. Another theory claims that the Italian phrase referred to the loser of a game that had to buy the next drink. They would then have to “make a bottle” appear.