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Learn about the English language, culture, history and traditions with the Bulldogz team of native teachers and special guests!

    Interesting Etymologies - Old Norse 2

    Interesting Etymologies - Old Norse 2

    "Hello again Word Lovers"


    We continue with our journey through the word horde of Old Norse that feeds into Modern English.


    Some surprises in store this week with the fascinating etymology of "gun" and intense argument over "Steak", an obsession with dirt and excrement and a plethora of verbs.
    Enjoy! https://www.bulldogz.org/post/interesting-etymologies-47-2-old-norse

    • 6 min
    Interesting Etymologies - Old Norse

    Interesting Etymologies - Old Norse

    "Hello again word lovers!"


    Today we will begin the first of a three part exploration of one of the major repositories of English, Old Norse. So many of our common English words come from Old Norse and we will be tracing them back where possible and enjoying them along the way.


    Full articles for all Interesting Etymologies episodes are available here:

    https://www.bulldogz.org/ie

    • 6 min
    Interesting Etymologies - Philosophy

    Interesting Etymologies - Philosophy

    "Hello again word lovers!"


    Charly thinks that perhaps this should have been the first edition of Interesting Etymologies because etymology is the study of the meaning of words but we have not asked "what does a word mean?" yet and that is philosophy not etymology.


    To paraphrase Bertrand Russell, philosophy will take a statement that seems to be blindingly obvious and make you doubt it. Be prepared to doubt a great deal as we dip our toes into the world of the philosophy of language.


     Full associated article on our website: https://www.bulldogz.org/post/interesting-etymologies-46-philosophy

    • 15 min
    Interesting Etymologies - Irish

    Interesting Etymologies - Irish

    "Hello again word lovers!"


    In this instalment, we head west across the Irish sea to look at words that have come to English from Irish. This episode uncovers some dark stories though, with words thought to be Scottish being claimed as Irish and words thought to be English claimed as Irish and then words believed to be Irish that are believed to have come from English. Strap yourself in, this is a seven-minute wild ride sure to liven up the craic at your next mixer!


    Full article on our website:

    https://www.bulldogz.org/post/interesting-etymologies-45-irish

    • 6 min
    Interesting Etymologies - Etymologists

    Interesting Etymologies - Etymologists

    "Hello again Word Lovers!"


    A little diversion today as we are going to look at Etymologists rather than Etymology! How many etymologists are there in the world? Do people actually get paid to explore the history of words?


    We take a look at the figures in history that can be considered the fathers, grandfathers and God Fathers of Etymology, from Vedic scholars in India and ancient Greek philosophers all the way through to the Brothers Grimm and the race to decode the Rosetta Stone.


    Full article available on our website

    https://www.bulldogz.org/post/interesting-etymologies-44-etymologists

    • 10 min
    Interesting Etymologies - Heraldry

    Interesting Etymologies - Heraldry

    "Hello again word lovers!" Today we are exploring the vocabulary surrounding the topic of heraldry. There are some genuinely interesting etymologies preserved within Heraldry which has effectively pickled some Norman French for us to enjoy.


    Full article on our website:


    https://www.bulldogz.org/post/interesting-etymologies-43-heraldry

    • 7 min

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