Each episode focuses on some aspect of Shakespeare’s language – usually, though not always, on a single word Shakespeare uses. But each time discussion broadens out, to look at some aspect of language in general, or of English as we use it today.
Best to start with episode 1 and work through them in order.
10. Good my lord - 02_08_2018, 16.12
The phrase 'good my lord' is the topic of this episode, which looks in general at 'words in curious orders and combinations'.
9. Eyes - 02_08_2018, 15.32
The episode is all about punctuation, and begins with Shakespeare's sentence 'Eyes, do you see!'. Notice the exclamation mark.
8. Why - 02_08_2018, 14.36
The episode looks at some words beginning with 'wh-' which are used to ask questions, like 'what' and 'when'. Most attention is given to 'why'.
7. Fathom - 02_08_2018, 11.32
The general theme of this episode is 'units of measurement', and we begin with Shakespeare's word 'fathom'.
6. Fardel- 02_08_2018, 11.09
Shakespeare's word 'fardel' is the starting-point for this episode, which also looks at the topic of 'suffixes'.
5. Blesseth- 02_08_2018, 10.49
This episode's word is 'blessed'. We look at the general theme of 'language contact and language change'.