The history and etymology of the potato–and the battery–and the potato battery!
We’re looking for the earliest surviving written English word–is it in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, on artifacts from the migration period, or in Latin?
Vermouth, Campari, and the Americano Way: the etymology of the Americano & the Negroni takes us from Visigothic rulers and Latin kings to Italian adventurers and the origin of the American dollar.
From creation myths to Frankenstein, croissants to cornflakes, through breakfast & dinner & matinées, and finishing with a short history of artificial lighting, we take a look at the etymology of “Create” and the roots of invention.
Looking at semantic change by examining the word “Evolution”–with some book history thrown in!
A new “Quick & Quirky Words” video – with words for good conversationalists, tricky words, & babblers!
Digging beneath the sugarcoating to find the linguistic and cultural origins of the holiday treats in the Christmas stocking.
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.