How Did the Trophy Get its Name, How Did it Originate, and What Does the Word Mean?

After a victory on a battlefield, the ancient Greeks would build a monument dedicated to a chosen god, which they called a “trophy.”

These trophies were made of limbs stripped from the dead enemy soldiers and then hung on a tree or pillar.

The ritual that is kept alive by modem “trophy hunters,” who celebrate their victory over an unarmed animal by hanging its head on the wall.

Be grateful for the World Cup. It’s not make out of flesh and bones.

Today, just like in ancient Greece, a trophy a symbol of victory.

The word trophy coined in English in 1550, and came from the French word “trophée” in 1513, which means “a spoil or prize of war”, from Old French word “trophee”.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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