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!
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?
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!
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.
The surprisingly fascinating history of “Linoleum” – and trademarks!
For our new video, we’ve teamed up with NativLang to do a two-parter about the odd history of runes!
Practical jokes, hoaxes, and April Fool’s Day — and how they all connect to the classic drink, the Tom Collins.