Lexicon Valley

Sergeant, Corporal, Colonel!

Peculiar linguistic tales of America’s soldiers.

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Episode Notes

Lots of military titles trace their roots back to Latin but were imported into English by way of French. Which makes for some odd spellings and interesting histories. Take colonel, for example. Yeesh!

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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About the Show

If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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