The Accidental Origin Of Nicknames.
Dec 19, 2014
The evolution of spoken word is what John McWhorter, an author, linguist and teacher at Columbia, explores in this video. Like the game telephone, where the original message that passes down a line of participants morphs into something new, the English language has done the same. Specifically, McWhorter examines where nicknames come from as well as other English evolutions.