A new series of videos about the etymology of the word “Average” and the history of insurance, probability math, and astronomy.
From ancient Greece to the origins of the university, we trace the history of education through the etymology of educational vocabulary.
The etymology of ‘grass widow’ takes us from the game of golf to the Sepoy Mutiny, the British Raj, the Partition of India, and Lord Mountbatten.
The history and etymology of the potato–and the battery–and the potato battery!
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.
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.