It seems that a certain type of flute (like the wooden one children are often given in school) is called "recorder". How did that happen?
closed as general reference by MετάEd, tchrist, Kristina Lopez, kiamlaluno, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Mar 16 '13 at 21:20
This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.
As it's stated at etymonline.com: