It wouldn't be so bad if a goblet was a young goblin.
It wouldn't be so bad if a goblet was a little gob. On a mouthy toddler, perhaps.
But a goblet is supposed to be elegant and civilised and sophisticated. It's supposed to be redolent of history and inheritance.
Photo by Trish Mayo.
And yet it's called a goblet.
Something really did go wrong somewhere, didn't it.
Word Not To Use Today: goblet. This word comes from the Old French gobelet, a little cup, from gobe mouthful or lump. It's probably from a Gaulish word because of its similarity to the Irish gob, mouth, and Gaelic gob, beak.