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The English adjective sloomy means “sluggish” or “sleepy,” and a sloom is “a light sleep.” This is part of a complete episode.


The Latin word latibulum means a “refuge or hiding place of animals.” It derives from the same root that gives us the English word latent, meaning “hidden.” A 17th-century dictionary defines the now-rare English word...

Etymology of Fraught

Fraught, meaning “loaded with worry or negative portent,” related to the English word freight. It’s perfectly fine to use fraught without the word with, as in This situation is fraught. This is part of a complete episode.

Understanding Old English

In this week’s episode: Just how far back could you go and still understand the English people were speaking? We crank up our trusty time machine to find out. Hint: You’d probably have a tough time getting around in the eighth century...

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