Alex Nieora
Alex Nieora

Origins of Words Blog

In my Origins of Words blog, I provide regular and interesting insights into the etymology - meaning origins - of many commonly used words, phrases and idioms in the English language.  


Language of course evolves over time. Throughout history language has responded to the needs of its users. It reflects the changing landscapes and things of significance in the world around us that we interact with in every-day life. 


A farmer in the 13th century might have been fluent in shearing wool from sheep. Today on average in the West we are more likely to discuss brands, dating, exercise routines and smart phones. Language is a living cultural record.

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