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Words of the world

The University of Nottingham, along with video journalist Brady Haran, have come up with an interesting series of short films exploring words we use that have foreign origins or cultural history.

Words of the World shows experts from Nottingham’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures explain how words are used and their history. Chosen words include liberty, aficionado, and cravat. Cravat is intriguing – it’s from the French corruption of the Croatian word for Croatians – hrvāt!

Side note: also take a look at the university’s videos based on the periodic table. The one for K – potassium is pretty amusing (if only for the explosions!).

(Via LanguageHat)