Words with Max Cryer: Toadying, pork barrel politics

Weekend Variety Wireless 29/07/2018
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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's words:

  • Why is sucking up called “toadying”? 
  • Where did the word "nurse" come from?
  • What is the origin of the term “pork barrel” politics.

Max and Graeme take a look at the meaning and history of the phrase “on the ran-tan”.

Interested for next week? Ask Max a question here.

Listen to the full interview with Max Cryer above.

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