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How do the meanings of words change over time? This week, we look at semantic shift: how the senses of words drift over time, and how we can describe the different patterns we find across languages.

People have been asking for an episode about words and etymology themselves, so here you go! Looking forward to hearing what people have to say about it. ^_^

New thelingspace episode is up! This was a fun one to work on. So much etymological research! I feel I learned a lot in the writing process. Like about farts, and deer, and poison… Semantic Shift is one of these things that happen in languages all the time, and I feel a lot of people have a sense of it without really knowing what it’s all about or that it falls into really interesting patterns (I know I did). So. There it is! 

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