etymology podcasts

#10 'Ject' is Not a Word Reject!

The Latin word root ject means ‘throw.’ Many common words are ‘thrown’...

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#9 Graphic Writing

You’ve seen the graph root, which means ‘to write,’ written everywhere. From...

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#8 Chronos, the God of What?

The day-to-day cycle of time is something we become aware of before we even go to school. Every...

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#7 Mighty Morph

The root word morph comes from a Greek word meaning ‘shape.’ Ever heard of the...

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#6 Mental Cogs Cognition

A Latin word meaning ‘to learn’ gives rise to the English word root cogn. Primarily...

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#5 Keep in Word Shape Using Good Verbal Form

The root form, which means ‘shape,’ gives us a number of words that are used every...

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#4 On a Mission

The English root mit comes from a Latin word that means ‘to send.’ Mit also shows up...

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#3 Of Popes and Tricky Pipes

The root words fall and fals come from a Latin word that means to ‘trick.’ Some...

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#2 Chop-chop, Cut-cut

Cis and its variants cid and -cide come from a Latin root which means both ‘cut’ and...

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#1 Fascinated by Love?

The root word phil comes from a Greek verb meaning to love. Some common words derived from phil...

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The Jittery History of a Very Nervous Word

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer....

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LinguaFile XIII | Mystery Word

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Join...

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LinguaFile XII | Kibitz

  Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer....

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LinguaFile XI | Seersucker

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "seersucker" with lexicographer Ben...

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LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel

  Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "pumpernickel" with lexicographer...

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LinguaFile IX | Carnival

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "carnival" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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LinguaFile VIII | Quiz

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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LinguaFile VI | Grog

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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