Etymology

Who doesn’t love an etymology fact? Making links between seemingly unrelated words is a great source of surprise and intellectual pleasure. Explaining those links, however, is usually too much for tweetish limitations, so this page is for in-depth looks at etymology facts.

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18/06/2020 – The Economic Sandwiches of York
What on earth could connect sandwiches, Vikings and ecology? As it happens, a very successful Proto-Indo-European word.

22/09/2020 – Wales, Walloons and Cornish Walnuts
If you think that a single word couldn’t connect Wales to Romania, and Astérix to Italy, then welcome to the world of *walhaz.

20/01/2021 – From Greek to English in Two Rules
Discover two simple sound changes that can reveal great etymological links between English and Ancient Greek words.


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