Somebody recently requested the etymology of the name for Reddit, a social media platform and eighth most visited site in the United States. Now, I can tell you personally, it's very difficult to hold a conversation with an active user, because whenever you bring up a cool fact they tell you that they "already read it on Reddit". Well, that's exactly what the founders intended! When Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian created the website in 2004, they intentionally named it for this exact conversation to take place. Apparently, as one might have read on Reddit, there is a curious coincidence with the Latin word render, which meant "to submit for approval", an action that is arguably done on the website. Searches of "Reddit" in Google have been increasing about linearly since 2010, and are projected to rise even more as the forums get more popular. So now you can say that you read that off of Reddit.
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.