The origins of “music”, and connections to language and the brain
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.