Before the United Nations was called the United Nations, it was just a group of countries without any unifying name. Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Churchill both wanted to come up with something clever to call their collection of allies, but they couldn't decide on anything better than Associated Powers. Then, the story goes, Roosevelt randomly thought up United Nations (which both worked on its own and was a nod to its predecessor, the League of Nations) and was so excited by his epiphany that he wheeled himself into Churchill's room without knocking and came across the prime minister naked. Churchill agreed, probably apocryphally saying "the Prime Minister of Great Britain has nothing to hide from the President of the United States." A charter was drawn up, and in 1945 the United Nations was officially founded.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.