While swimming, track, and gymnastics are probably the first few sports that come to mind when you think of the Summer Olympics, the Games also bring lesser-known sports like field hockey, handball, and fencing into millions of living rooms around the world. And now, with high levels of interest around fencing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, some viewers are wondering how the sport got its peculiar name.
Specifically, why is fencing called fencing and not just sword fighting? Turns out it's a matter of history and, unsurprisingly, the bizarre workings of the English language. As explained by a Quora thread on the subject, the name is basically derived from the word defense, which if you think about it, makes a lot of sense. Here are the full answers: