Author: Ray Belli

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Full Bio : Ray Belli is the host of Words for Granted, a podcast that looks at how words change over time. He is also a professional drummer and part-time ESL teacher.

Episode 65: Dialect vs. Language (Intro to American English, Part 1)

"American English" is the variety of English spoken in the United States of America ... obviously. But is American English a language unto itself...

Episode 64: France

The name of “France” derives from the name of a Germanic tribe called the “Franks.” In addition to “France,” the name of the “Franks”...

Episode 63: Turkey

In today’s episode, we explore the etymological connection between Turkey the country and turkey the bird. Even though turkeys are native to North America,...

Episode 62: Cincinnati

The American city of "Cincinnati" derives a patriotic fraternal organization called "The Society of Cincinnati." The society itself is named after Cincinnatus, a legendary...

Episode 61: Names of Germany

There are more names for Germany than there are for any other European country. This is due to a long history of disunity among...

Episode 60: Wales

The English name for the country of "Wales" is not native to Wales itself. It was named by AngloSaxon settlers in Britain as a...

Episode 59: Proper Place Names (General Overview)

Today's episode kicks off a new series on "toponymy," or the study of place names. In this general overview, we take a look at...

Episode 58: Gymnasium

Nowadays, a “gym” is a place for fitness and exercise. It’s a shortening of the word “gymnasium,” which ultimately derives from the Greek word...

Episode 57: Category

In the court system of Ancient Athens, the kategoria was a formal accusation. However, when the philosopher Aristotle borrowed the word kategoria to enumerate...

Episode 56: Apology

The Modern English word "apology" derives from the Ancient Greek word "apologia." However, in the Ancient Greek work "Plato's Apology," Plato doesn't "apologize" for...

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