Why Do People Say 'Lukewarm'?
Mystery Hour Question
When I wash my child my other half always tells me to make sure I run the water lukewarm. I don’t want to sound silly, but why Luke? Why not Mark or Matthew or John?
Name: Mike, Dartford
Qualification: Informed by R.E teacher Reverend Collier
Answer: The origin of lukewarm comes from the 14th or 15th century when Luke was spelt ‘lewk,’ which in old English used to mean tepid. I have no idea why, it’s just changed over the years.