Digging beneath the sugarcoating to find the linguistic and cultural origins of the holiday treats in the Christmas stocking.
Wherein Professor Awesome goes mad and rants about the purpose of essays, and how to write a good one. SFW, but not for the faint-hearted.
A more serious episode where Professor Awesome discusses the importance of humility in academic thought. Yes, we know it’s ironic that someone whose alter ego is literally called “Awesome” should say this.
The origin of the word ‘etymology’ leads to an explanation of the basics of Proto-Indo-European, Grimm’s Law, and comparative philology.
The custom of costumes — inspired by Halloween, an exploration of the language of fashion and fashion as a language.
The roots of ‘ambition’ and other political vocabulary show the way language changes with society’s changing values.
From stilts to skates: the obscure word “Scatch”
The surprisingly fascinating history of “Linoleum” – and trademarks!