Words with Max Cryer: Party, Aboriginal & Pigs

Weekend Variety Wireless 03/03/2018

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

This week; why is a fun time called a 'party' and yet so are political groups?

Why are Australian Aboriginals called 'aboriginals'... what is the difference with the term 'native'?

Max says;

[native] suggests somebody who's brown, but that's not necessarily the case.

Where does the word 'smithereens' come from?

Does Salmon have anything to do with the disease salmonella?

Also, pigs vs hogs... what's the difference?

Listen out for Graemes 'Donald Duck' voice...

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