Till 1915 the word ‘Tank’ had only one meaning – a container that holds liquid or water. So, how did it become to also mean that military vehicle of distraction we all know? – Hmm… you are going to love this.
During WWI, in order to keep the development of the new weapon a secret, the British high command proposed to refer to the vessel as a ‘Water Carrier’. But, in those days, government committees were known by their initials; and W.C did not sit comfortably with the committee in charge of the tank, who did not want to be mistaken for a pee and poop committee.
For this reason, they decided to name it a ‘Tank’, and the overseeing committee was called the ‘Tank Supply’ or ‘T.S.’ Committee.