Words like “nebula,” “galaxy” and “cosmos” can summon up lots of romantic images of space exploration, but where did these terms come from in the first place?
Yes, you can map languages and their histories in the branches of family trees. But finding the oldest language in the world isn’t as simple as counting rings.
Ever ask yourself why people from Newcastle sound suspiciously Scandinavian? Or maybe why English has so many cognates with other languages? If you’re wondering how the unruly English language took shape, read on!