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How the Colors Got Their Names

Season 3 Episode 9 | 6m 29s

In some ways, colors are the ultimate example of language's power. The earliest humans didn't have words for colors. They had words for objects and actions, and it took tens of thousands of years for those words to evolve into the names of the colors we use today. In this episode, we’ll answer that age-old question, which came first: orange the fruit or orange the color?

Aired: 09/20/23
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Why do we use such unusual words for the people we love?
Let’s dig deep and find out why certain names simply fall out of fashion.
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Join us as we find out how certain places got their names.
Why does switching from texting to talking feel like you’re trying to speak a different language?
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What are "argots" or what some call "verbal jazz", and how is it used across the globe?
Can you really invent a language? So how does one...do it?
How did English become the most widely spoken language in the world?