Hi! Tiny countries are fascinating. They always remind me of fairy tales (“there was a small kingdom where everybody was happy”), even if with some…
This time, I look at a word in my own language: “mar”, meaning “sea”.
The word "Internet" is here to stay — but now it's an old celebrity, who everyone knows, but who doesn’t appear in so many movies (i.e. conversations…
The name of the tenth month seems to begin with sounds similar to “eight” in many languages. Why is that?
Where did the word "moon" come from? And "lunar"?
If we look at the origin of the word “coffee”, we find stories about dancing goats, mystic drinkers, a distant smell in Vienna and an ancient social…
Sugar is bad for us but tastes so good — let’s look at its history in 10 words from around the world.
Where did the word "orange" come from? Before we discover its origin, let's talk about the languages of a country that has been in the news in recent…
Welcome to 101 Words Around the World, a newsletter where I will tell stories about words and languages throughout the world. I’m a lecturer at NOVA…