Puncture comes from the Latin verb pungere meaning to prick or pierce.

I think that’s funny. Why you ask? Because I remember very little from my four years of studying Latin and the only thing I could think of was that it belongs to the same verb group as molestere which means to annoy or trouble.

But then I Googled it just to make sure. And of course I was wrong, it’s actually molestare. With an ‘a’. Which annoyed me just a bit.

And then I thought if there’s any chance my 7th grade Latin teacher is reading this blog, it would puncture her heart to know I couldn’t even correctly remember one of the first verbs we ever learned.