Words with Max Cryer

Weekend Variety Wireless 10/02/2018

Etymologist, entertainer, author and national treasure, Max Cryer answers your questions about the English language, words, phrases and their origins.

Mr. Cryer talks about the spurious origin of Valentine’s Day, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the 11 St Valentines are connected to love in any way.

He describes Valentines Day as;

The biggest fraud in the history of advertising.

What is the connection between a pupil (student) and the little black hole in the middle of your eye? 

Also, why are Americans from the USA called Yanks?

Listen to the full audio with Max Cryer above.

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