Trivia

Hard

The First Use Of The Term “Cooties” In English Was To Refer To?

Lice
Malaria
Rabies
Crickets
An April 1922 news photo of a World War I-era trench cootie.
South Bend News-Times/Wikimedia

Answer: Lice

If you spent even a wee bit of your childhood in the U.S., then you most certainly encountered the dreaded, but entirely imaginary, childhood disease “cooties”. While the rules of transmission and infection vary quite wildly between groups of children and variations of the “disease” with differing names are found all over the world, there’s one thing very concrete about cooties: the way the term entered the English language.

The word first appeared in English when used by British soldiers in World War I to refer to the lice that ran rampant in battlefield trenches. Although the origin of the slang term isn’t precisely known, it is believed to have come into the soldiers’ lingo by way of the Philippine, Malaysian-Indonesian, and Maori word kuto or kutu, which refers to a parasitic biting insect.

The term cooties in turn jumped across the Atlantic, again by way of military activity, when American soldiers returning from South Pacific service alongside British soldiers popularized the term in the U.S. during the 1950s.

Trivia

Hard

The Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Only Non-Star Tiles Are In Honor Of What Event?

Trivia

Hard

Historically, Valuable Library Books Were Protected With?

Trivia

Hard

The First Television Remotes Communicated With The TV Set By?

Trivia

Hard

What Did Users Of The First Automatic Teller Machine Access The Machine With?

Trivia

Hard

The Loudest Frog In The World Is The?

Trivia

Hard

The Non-English Characters Featured In The “Falling Code” Prominent In The Matrix Were?

Trivia

Hard

Despite How Foul They Smell, Cities Plant Ginkgo Trees By The Thousands Because They’re?

Trivia

Hard

The Screenplay For The James Bond Film You Only Live Twice Was Written By Which Children’s Author?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Search Engine Equivalent Of The 555 Telephone Numbers Seen In Television And Film Is?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Type Of Animal Was Named After NSA Whistle Blower Edward Snowden?