There's a baseball team called the Red Sox and a baseball team called the White Sox. Both are, simply enough, named after the color socks they wore in their outfits, with sox being a popular commercial slang term for socks around the beginning of the twentieth century, when both teams were named. And they weren't the only teams named after their clothes! The Cincinnati Reds were so named because they wore knee-high red socks, and there were historically professional teams called the Blues, Maroons, and Grays after their stockings. However, don't get fooled: the Cleveland Browns are named that after their original coach, Paul Brown, and the St. Louis Blues got their name from a song with that title.
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.