The Swain himself, Dr. Larry Swain, joins Professor Awesome to talk about “Caedmon’s Hymn,” “The Dream of the Rood,” “Judith,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament.”
Audio only version here!
From the Fates to Macbeth to the uncanny valley: a history of “Weird”.
Practical jokes, hoaxes, and April Fool’s Day — and how they all connect to the classic drink, the Tom Collins.
Erasmus Darwin: doctor, scientist, inventor, poet, linguistic innovator, science communicator.
New video! Nippon, Japan, and japanning: the development of a name.
The architectural origins and aesthetic development of the word “Sublime”.
The etymology of every item in “The 12 Days of Christmas”!
How “Freebooting” went from swashbuckling to social media.
The etymology of Jack-o’-Lantern and the confused history of Hallowe’en.