Here are five words which you may be surprised to know come from Latin (or then again, perhaps not):
Coriander [Latin: coriandrum]- I always associate coriander with Thai food, but it turns out the Romans grew and ate it as well. Here's a Roman recipe for olive spread you can try if you feel adventurous.
Nullarbor [Latin: nulla arbor]- I assumed for a long time that Nullarbor was an Aboriginal word, until someone pointed out to me that it comes from the Latin for 'no tree', which seems pretty accurate to me.
Circus [Latin circus]- Some friends of mine have just been to see the cirque du soleil. I wonder if they knew that originally a circus simple meant a circle, but came to be associated with the Circus Maximus- a big horse racing track in Rome which could seat more than a hundred thousand spectators.
Cicada [Latin: cicada]- Who would have thought that those ugly insects, which fascinated me as a child, would have a Latin name. Apparently the Romans used the word for grasshoppers too.
Amanda [Latin: amo, amare]- I think I only know two people called Amanda. I'm sure they would both be fascinated to learn that amanda is the gerundive form of the verb amare (to love), and therefore means 'she who must be loved'.