I recently stumbled on a fascinating Twitter thread concerning the etymology of Triscuit crackers, which until last year was lost to the annals of history. At first glance, one would assume that it just means "thrice cooked", since the word biscuit translates to "twice cooked". Enter Sage Boggs, a writer for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, who emailed the Nabisco corporation in March 2020 just to confirm that tri- did, in fact, mean "three". After receiving a cryptic message that they didn't know the etymology but it didn't mean "three", Boggs did a little digging and came up with old Triscuit advertisements from the early 1900s touting that the crackers were "baked by electricity". Elec-tri-city. Triscuits are "electric biscuits", and this was eventually confirmed by the company, which sent Boggs a large batch of complimentary crackers as a reward.
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a junior 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.