The last time Doc and Nina played a game, it ended in Doc’s humiliating loss! Now, he’s out for blood with a game of “Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today).” He’ll give Nina seven Old English words and let her guess the definitions. Can Nina get four out of seven correct, or will Doc get his revenge? Plus, Nina schools Doc on the deeply upsetting modern English translation of a modern German word.
“Drout’s Quick and Easy Old English” by Michael C. Drout ( https://books2read.com/Drout-Old-English)
Stephen Pollington’s “Wordcraft” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/453647.Wordcraft?from_search=true&qid=akcHzavs4K&rank=4)
20 Awesome Medieval Words We Should Bring Back by History Hustle ( https://historyhustle.com/20-awesome-historical-words-we-need-to-bring-back/)
Have a recommendation for us? Email Doc and Nina at podcast at profawesome dot com!
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.