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Oh my goodness me. Mr. McWhorter, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your Lexicon Valley insights. Truly inspiring.
Professor you need to keep better company. I am sorry to be impertinent but NYT has clearly abandoned news reportage and adopted a propaganda model in support of the regime. They, NYT included, loathe us, the political Gnosticism of the liberal imperium is religious fanaticism. You should disavow.
Dear Prof. WcWhorter - In your episode about derecha/דרך, you mentioned the linguistic influence of the Phoenicians. On a recent visit to Malta I noticed that a word for street is "Triq," which seems cognate with the Hebrew דרך. Is that likely? The Phoenicians were of course the first settlers of Malta, and the language has a Semitic substrate. Indeed, the Maltese words for everyday things like "day" and "night", as well as numbers, are awfully close to Hebrew. Is there really a Triq/derech connection? Anyway, your podcast is a constant delight...not least the musical illustrations!
Re: My fellow Americans — I believe Amerigo Vespucci was actually named after Saint Imre of Hungary.