Unlocking the hidden meanings of everyday words.
Everyday words have hidden meanings and ancient connections. Etymology has left us a trail of clues to follow that help us uncover the linguistic legacy left by our ancestors. Come prepared to open your minds (and ears!) to the surprising semantic links that span centuries and continents. Let’s take a look at how “chocolate”, “chilli” and “avocado” conquered the world from their homeland in Mexico, how “salaam” travelled the seas and how English “timber” has a long-lost cousin in German “Zimmer”! Presented by Brian Loo Soon Hua, globe-trotting polyglot (8 languages), translator and author and Emily Martyn, Languages Manager at language-learning company uTalk.