• Thank the Normans.
    • bostjan64
      I think the Normans are blameless with this one. "Blind" has roots in Old Germanic, so the Saxons would have likely been the ones to bring the word over. Same with "fold," although I suspect that "fold" might have an unexpected role as etymological cognate.
  • Because a scarf was folded to make you seem temporarily blind. And because they are not plugs. Words I find even more strange are like Gallagher said - Why are they called apartments when they're all stuck together? Why are they called buildings when they are already built? And why do we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway? And why is there no 'w' in one? And why is there one in two you don't even need? Love Gallagher!
  • Never mind.
  • That's because ears and noses have inlets. It doesn't make sense to plug something in your eyes. A blindfold is a proper word to prevent or occlude sight.

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