Podcast: David Crystal on his new book ‘Words in Time and Place’

Published 1 April 2015

How would Rubens have described the weather? Is the language of Downton Abbey accurate?

  • Would Lady Mary really have said that Lady Sybil was “banging on about her new frock” in 1912?

    British linguist David Crystal discusses his new book, Words in Time and Place, in which he introduces the immense Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, a resource which allows us to explore earlier intellectual worlds through the words and idioms used – and to spot anachronisms.

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