This is a word you don’t tend to hear much these days, but I happened to come across its origin on a TV quiz yesterday so I thought I’d throw it in anyway.
There was a type of apple that was very popular in ye olde days…
…and it was called a costard, which is apparently a word of Anglo-Norman origin.
People who sold them from trays or stalls in the streets were called costard-mongers – which, of course, became costermongers. The next time you come across your local costermonger you can tell him the origin of the name of his profession. Don’t worry if he’s extremely busy or anything like that – he’ll be fascinated.