5 September, 2012
Clint Jasper is a mate of this blog – a Perth media student with an appetite for language. And what a cute trove he found for you lot, a bunch of artisan animations about word origins, from Pants to Clue. Each dip into history is framed in a leather-bound book, with plenty of capricious touches as you learn how rakes relate to hearses, or gondoliers link to jeans.
Click here now, and bookmark the site, as Bewilder, Noise and Tuxedo are due to be uploaded. They are very chic. Though their M-word Miniature is missing the real M-story of etymology: Meander. If you don’t know the yarn, then lift your cap to Homer’s Iliad, and a windy Phrygian river called Maiandros.
And while etymology is on the table, try World Wide Words, another brilliant site, run and researched by the extraordinary Michael Quinion. (You can also subscribe gratis to Michael’s weekly newsletter – a guaranteed treat.) Any other original origin sites (or word-stories) in your pants pocket?