podcast #31: Shakespeare’s appeal, Milton’s linguistic inventions and a Japanese naming ceremony

Which dead old writer coined the words eyeball, premeditated and jaded? Which one came up with embellish, sensuous and intervolve? (OK, so they didn’t all catch on.) And which one kept a diary – now online in blog form – whose most popular entry is One Egg? It’s part one of our look at writers who have expanded the English language. Also, the Japanese word yokomeshi helps us name our segment on foreign words that defy translation. Listen on iTunes or here.


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