Amazing articulations from East Asia

Amazing articulations from East Asia

Word Geek has had a little more time on her hands than usual and has cultivated a new etymological enthusiasm. Her latest passion has taken her around the world in search of wonderful foreign words that have no direct translation in English. Last week she was in...
Word Geek – furlough

Word Geek – furlough

It’s not often that Word Geek is caught unaware of a word, but before 2020 the term furlough was not in her vocabulary. She acted swiftly to right this wrong and is now ready to share what she learned with her adoring public. The notion that furlough is an American...
Word Geek – honeymoon

Word Geek – honeymoon

Today we all understand honeymoon as a period of relaxation, when the newlywed couple jumps on a plane to spend time together, and in some (or most) cases de-stress after the wedding. But has its meaning and definition changed over time? To find the origins of the...
Word Geek – quarantine

Word Geek – quarantine

Quarantine is a word we are all too familiar with at present, but where do its origins lie? The first use of the word “quarantine” dates back to the mid-14th century in Europe at a time when the devastating plague, known as the Black Death, swept across Europe, wiping...