Whilst it would be fairly  safe to assume that the word ‘bonfire’ comes from the French ‘bon’ attached to the English ‘fire’, it is not actually related to the French word at all

Bonfire actually originates from ‘bone fire’, and describes the Celtic practice of burning animal bones to ward off evil spirits, and possibly to provide fuel.

An occasional heretic is believed to have been chucked onto these fires too, creating more bones for the fire..

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