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

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Ghost and Ghoul (Word-Origin Wednesday)

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

4 MINOCT 30
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Ghost and Ghoul (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 MINOCT 23
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October (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 MINOCT 16
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Sympathy (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Hysterical (Word-Origin Wednesday)

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

4 MINOCT 9
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Hysterical (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 MINOCT 2
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Autumn and Fall (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 MINSEP 25
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Dead Duck (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Landlubber (Word-Origin Wednesday)

The often miswritten and mispronounced "landlubber" goes back a few centuries.

3 MINSEP 18
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Landlubber (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Nice (Word-Origin Wednesday)

"Nice" has had at least a dozen definitions over the last few centuries.

3 MINSEP 11
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Nice (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Peruse (Word-Origin Wednesday)

The Modern English "peruse" came from the Middle English "peruse" . . . or maybe it came from French.

4 MINSEP 4
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Peruse (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Factory And Manufacturing (Word-Origin Wednesday)

With Labor Day approaching, let's look at "factory" and "manufacturing." They were both borrowed from Latin.

4 MINAUG 28
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Factory And Manufacturing (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Latest Episodes

Ghost and Ghoul (Word-Origin Wednesday)

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

4 MINOCT 30
Comments
Ghost and Ghoul (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 MINOCT 23
Comments
October (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 MINOCT 16
Comments
Sympathy (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Hysterical (Word-Origin Wednesday)

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

4 MINOCT 9
Comments
Hysterical (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 MINOCT 2
Comments
Autumn and Fall (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 MINSEP 25
Comments
Dead Duck (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Landlubber (Word-Origin Wednesday)

The often miswritten and mispronounced "landlubber" goes back a few centuries.

3 MINSEP 18
Comments
Landlubber (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Nice (Word-Origin Wednesday)

"Nice" has had at least a dozen definitions over the last few centuries.

3 MINSEP 11
Comments
Nice (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Peruse (Word-Origin Wednesday)

The Modern English "peruse" came from the Middle English "peruse" . . . or maybe it came from French.

4 MINSEP 4
Comments
Peruse (Word-Origin Wednesday)

Factory And Manufacturing (Word-Origin Wednesday)

With Labor Day approaching, let's look at "factory" and "manufacturing." They were both borrowed from Latin.

4 MINAUG 28
Comments
Factory And Manufacturing (Word-Origin Wednesday)
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