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    Episode 76: Wife

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    In Old English, the word “wife” meant “woman.” In fact, the word “woman” derives from the word “wife!” Today’s episode is not only an exploration of the word “wife,” but also a deep-dive into handful of woman-related words whose etymologies and usages share a confusing, intertwined history. We also try to solve the mystery of “wife’s” ultimate etymology, but, spoiler alert, we fail.