You “podcast-listeners” don’t know a “thing” about our next episode! First, Doc explains to Nina the origin of the word thing. Then, listeners get a crash course in kennings and their use in Old English poetry. Finally, Nina tests Doc’s knowledge of “Beowulf’s” kennings with a challenging game of “Kenning You Dig It?”
(Also, forgive Nina’s mic issues for this episode. She got excited during the kennings episode and started moving around too much.)
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We look at the history of the alphabet and some of the historical events and linguistic changes that have resulted in the complicated spelling system in English, from Viking & Norman invasions to the Great Vowel Shift and the printing press.
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!
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.