Words with Max Cryer: Nugget, hanky panky

Weekend Variety Wireless 24/06/2018
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Max Cryer is a New Zealand living treasure in both entertainment and etymological spheres.

He joins Graeme Hill to banter over the origin and meaning of the word 'diaper' and how 'hanky panky' relates to 'hocus pocus'.

Also, ‘red sky at night, shepherds/sailors delight’ is a familiar saying to most, yet the original version of the saying doesn’t mention shepherds or sailors.

In light of recent media, the word of the week is ‘nurse’ relating to the concept of nourishing.

Plus, why do we call shoe polish ‘nugget’?

Interested for next week? Ask Max a question here.

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