Words with Max Cryer: Winter, spirits

Weekend Variety Wireless 01/07/2018
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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 of words and their meaning.

This week, the country has faced record low temperatures, so the word of the week is ‘winter’.

What is a ‘jot’ and why is hard liquor called ‘spirits’?

Plus, why people are called ‘green’ with envy.

Max also explains where ‘feisty’ and ‘singlet’ come from. 

Interested for next week? Ask Max a question here.

Listen to the full interview with Max Cryer above.

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