Trivia: What is the original translation of the word “bonfire”?
A good fire
A fire of bones
A beautiful fire
A fire at midnight
Correct Answer: A fire of bones
So why is this answer correct? : While many believe that “bonfire” comes from the French term “bon,” meaning “good,” it actually came from the Old English word “bonefire,” which refers to a fire of bones. The word has been around since at least the 15th century, appearing in various forms of English, one of the oldest being Scotland’s “banefyres.” Today, bonfires are fun gatherings with family and friends and are popular in the fall. Centuries ago, they were held to worship saints, or simply to get rid of unwanted materials around the house.