One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A trademark for: a type of full-bodied red wine from Cyprus.
2A trademark for: a version of the two-player board game reversi, in which a player attempts to place pieces so that they enclose his or her opponent's pieces and hence reverse their colour.
1950s. From Othello, the name of the ‘Moor of Venice’, the main character in a story published by G. Giraldi (Cinthio) in 1565 and later used by others, most notably Shakespeare.
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