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The Most Extreme Place Names

Season 3 Episode 10 | 7m 11s

Where do place names come from? Well, toponymy reveals a lot about the culture and history of a place, including the people who lived there, the nature of the settlements, and the geographic landscape. So that’s your short answer. For the long answer, including the longest place names in the world, join us as we dig into the exciting world of toponyms and find out how places got their names.

Aired: 10/18/23
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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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So how did we get those names of colors?
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?
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