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Word-Origin Wednesday is the weekly podcast that walks you through a word origin in five minutes or less.

Word-Origin Wednesday The Grammar Geek

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 7 Ratings

Word-Origin Wednesday is the weekly podcast that walks you through a word origin in five minutes or less.

    Ghost and Ghoul (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Ghost and Ghoul (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    "Ghost" is a pretty old word. "Ghoul," as an English word, not so much.

    • 4 min
    October (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    October (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    The names of "October" and a few other months make a lot more sense if we look at Latin and the Roman calendar.

    • 2 min
    Sympathy (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Sympathy (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    The everyday meaning of "sympathy" has shifted over the years, but it's always had some connection to its Latin and Greek roots.

    • 4 min
    Hysterical (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Hysterical (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Before it entered everyday English, "hysterical" was medical Latin.

    • 4 min
    Autumn and Fall (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Autumn and Fall (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Do you say "autumn" or "fall" to describe the season between summer and winter? Get the lowdown on the history of both words.

    • 4 min
    Dead Duck (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    Dead Duck (Word-Origin Wednesday)

    "Dead" and "duck" go way back, but the term "dead duck" is only a couple of centuries old.

    • 3 min

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