John Francis and Horace Elgin Dodge were two brothers born in Michigan during the 1860s. From an early age, they were very close and loved tinkering, which led them to eventually set up an automobile parts company. They won a contract to a company run by a man named Ransom Olds and later left to help build Henry Ford's cars. Later, they had enough money to run their own corporation. Around the same time, former railroad mechanic Walter Chrysler left a business founded by David Buick to begin his own enterprise. Buick was forced out of his own company by GM founder William Durant, who helped a man named Louis Chevrolet start another brand and bought Ransom Olds' company. You might have recognized some of those names, and you'd be right: from those interconnected early American entrepreneurs arose some of the most recognizable brands in the world today. I think that's pretty interesting.
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.