Words with Max Cryer: Helter-skelter, obese

Weekend Variety Wireless 05/05/2018
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Ever noticed the words helter-skelter, okey okey and hunky dory only take meaning when in pairs?

Max Cryer is a New Zealand living treasure in both entertainment and etymological spheres. He joins Graeme Hill to banter over helter-skelter, floods and the nautical origin of the saying 'by-and-large'.

What association does sailing have with the saying 'by-and-large'? Mr Cryer delves into ancient nautical terminology to explain the bizarre connection.

Mr Cryer also discusses the origins of the words, obese, scrim and whether 'you, yourself' is grammatically correct.

Listen to the full audio with Max Cryer above.

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