“…So the Blond says, ‘If it gets hot, then I can roll down the window!'” Katie finished her joke with a laugh.
Burt smiles. “Ellowell,” he says, implying his amusement.
Katie cocks her head. “I wonder where that word came from?”
So they look it up in the dictionary, and find the following entry.
ELLOWELL. Expression. Pronounced “EL-oh-WELL.” Used to express amusement over idea or situation. Origin: Unknown. Could possibly be related to the name Ellory (Swedeson), a famous comedian from the 21st century. Is also speculated to come from improper pronunciation of the Dutch word, “Lol,” meaning “Fun.”
It could very well happen. Look at Christmas, for example. It started out, actually, as a pagan holiday. However, it slowly transformed into something “Christian.” Nowadays, it is the Christian high holiday of the world, and, for a majority of people, the origins probably do not even come to mind.
Also, the colloquialism “Cool,” has surprising origins as well. (Google it.)
History plows on, forgetting things that aren’t prominent, and dragging with it the things that “Matter.” The English language has been one such adventure of forgotten things. We’ve borrowed countless words from other languages, including French, German, Tamil, Latin, Greek, and we even get a hundred-times-a-day-colloquialism from Buddhism!
So write on, my writer friends! Document the world as it is, so someday, Katie and Burt will know the true meaning of “Ellowell.”