From French, where it meant 'a whistle' - which is roughly the same shape. The word came into French from German and German took it from Czech.
The original plan was that each pilgrim would tell two stories on the way to Canterbury, then two more on the road home to London. But Chaucer never completed the work, and most of the Pilgrims get to tell only one story. (In the Canterbury Tales as we have it, the pilgrims never arrive in Canterbury, let alone begin the journey home).
The term 'first taste of empowerment' means a person's first experience being in a position of power. It implies that the person was previously in a subordinate or subservient position.
You could say a person who has a good opinion of himself is self-confident or self-assured.
From the Japanese phrase Kontich alabien tuas meah tuerban eiz durchty imae nellie. It originated back in the 1870's where one of the first japenese named their child nellie. It was not normal and was unique. The press decided to publicise this nellie child in order to make the family rich. This was because they used to earn money rolling apples down a hill. LOL. behold nellie