Words with Max Cryer: Poncho & Nerd

Weekend Variety Wireless 24/03/2018
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What are the origins of Eavesdropping, Baloney and Poncho? Also, why do we say Hip-Hip before Hooray?

Entertainment legend, national treasure, and resident etymologist Max Cryer answers your questions about the English language. 

Mr Cryer explains the bizarre history around the word Aeroplane... what is the difference between that and the word Airplane?

The term eavesdropping used to just be listening to a private conversation, however now there are phones, emails, and Social Media to be considered as well. But what is the origin of the word?

Also, the word Nerd... what does Dr Suess have to do with it?

Do you have a question for Max? Just ask here and Graeme will forward it on.

Listen to the full audio with Max Cryer above.

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