Word Nerd Alert!
We’ve posted a few videos from Mental Floss’ ongoing series that looks at the oddities of language (more here and here) and like most editors, I have a deep fascination with language and etymology. Here a short video on words in English that seem closely related but in fact have very different roots. For example, there’s no “male” in “female”. Male goes back to the Latin “masculus”, but female comes from the French “femelle”, from the Latin “femella”. Here’s hoping that future videos will answer the really important questions about word origins.