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 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!
A new Quick & Quirky Word: the origin and early citations of Kenspeckle, Beau, & Bedizened.
A Quick & Quirky Word: Quacksalver. Medical charlatans and eating toads!
For our new video, we’ve teamed up with NativLang to do a two-parter about the odd history of runes!
The origin and early citations of ‘Betwattled’.
From the Fates to Macbeth to the uncanny valley: a history of “Weird”.