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13 August 2011

Words of the World



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The word biscuit comes from the French language.

Today I watched a video from Words of the World YouTube Channel that I thought might interest our multi-lingual friends at ISOCS.



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Why is the German language called "Deutsch"?




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Linguist Nicola McLelland discusses standard languages, with particular interest in German and English.

Words of the World , from  the University of Nottingham in the UK, has a very entertaining main page on their website - click through and have a look.

The website describes itself like this, on its "About" page:
"From Nazi to Chocolate, words play a vital role in our lives.
And each word has its own story.


But where do they come from? What do they mean? How do they change?


Some of these questions will be answered by "Words of the World" - a series of short videos presented by experts from the University of Nottingham's School of Modern Languages and Cultures.


In addition to exploring the words themselves, we'll explore a little about the varied research our experts are working on.


The project is created by film-maker Brady Haran, whose other work includes the successful Periodic Table of Videos, Test Tube and Bibledex."