Tuesday with a Scholar: Where Do Words Come From?
They come from the most various sources and thrive on the rich garbage of everyday speech. Some are native and millennia old, others were coined yesterday, and still others were taken over from the languages of the whole world. Regardless of their age, most are extremely skillful in concealing their roots. Professor Anatoly Liberman, a professional etymologist, will share his lifelong experience of hunting for the origin of English words and idioms.