Why does Santa drive a team of reindeer, and where did their names come from? This trip through the etymology of reindeer and their most famous names explains some of the history of Santa Claus, and lots more besides!
Does English have a future? Find out the history of the language’s tense system, and how it was influenced by Latin, philosophy, and an Anglo-Saxon king, as we explore some of the many aspects of our conception of the Future and the debate between free will, determinism, and relativity!
The etymology of Ghost and other spooky words leads to ghost stories, Shakespeare, curmudgeonly linguists, dictionary mistakes, and grammar rules that won’t die.
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!