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?
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.
A new “Quick & Quirky Words” video – with words for good conversationalists, tricky words, & babblers!
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!
From the Fates to Macbeth to the uncanny valley: a history of “Weird”.
Erasmus Darwin: doctor, scientist, inventor, poet, linguistic innovator, science communicator.
New video! Nippon, Japan, and japanning: the development of a name.