Lexicon Valley

Fossil Hunting in English

Our language contains a trove of buried clues and petrified remnants of its past. But you have to know where to dig.

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Episode Notes

English has preserved bits and pieces of its long, tortuous history in various sounds, syllables, and even letters that lie concealed—unless, of course, you know what you’re looking for. These fossilized remains, like flies frozen in amber, tell fascinating tales of language evolution and change.

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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