One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
What is the origin of the word ‘berserk’?
The English word derives from the Old Norse berserkr (noun), itself probably from combining bjorn (bear) and serkr (coat). It could also possibly from berr 'bare' (i.e. without armour) and serkr.
It is now mostly used in the expression ‘to go berserk’.
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