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”.
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.