Etymological Calendar

What does the word lord have to do with bread? How is smile related to mirror? Why is Donald such an appropriate name for an American president?

These and 363 other questions are answered in the Etymology Calendar of 2020. This popular scientific calendar provides an insight into the fascinating world of historical linguistics for anyone with an interest in languages. It treats the surprising histories behind words you use on a daily basis, but also contains interesting developments from tens of other languages. An essential collection of etymological trivia for every language enthusiast!

The Etymology Calendar is interesting for readers without linguistic background or knowledge of foreign languages. However, even experienced linguists will gain many surprising new insights.

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Laura Dees (BA) is student of the Research Master Linguistics with a specialisation in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.

Pascale Eskes (BA) is student of the Research Master Linguistics with a specialisation in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.

Lotte Meester (BA) is student of the Research Master Linguistics with a specialisation in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.

Gerard Spaans is student of the BA Linguistics with a specialisation in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.

Vera Zwennes is student of the BA Linguistics with a specialisation in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.
Anyone interested in language, both with and without prior experience in the field of linguistics. Knowledge of foreign languages is not required.