The Capuchin monks were great benefactors to the wide world of etymology. In the sixteenth century CE, there was an argument among the monks of the Franciscan order, and one group split off from the whole to be more devout and religious. The Franciscans were understandably upset and hit the secessionists with the worst insult they could find: "little hoods", which translated into medieval Italian as cappuccios and was meant to pejoratively describe the brown monk hoods they wore. The name stuck, and stayed in the minds of initial explorers to the Americas, who found monkeys with brown hair on top on their heads not unlike the Capuchin order's hoods. Thus a species of primates was named after monks- the Capuchin monk-eys. Later still, when they started putting milk in coffee, they named the cappuccino what it is because of the color the beverage took- the same as Capuchin hoods.
Therefore, next time you go to Starbucks, enjoy a monkey.
Adam Aleksic is a 221-month-old, 2800-ounce high school senior with disturbing interests in etymology, vexillology, geography, board games, limericks, and law. Adam will be studying linguistics at Harvard University in the fall.
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