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Science Friday Launch New Series ‘Science Diction’ to Explore the “secret scientific origin of words” | #etymology @scifri @iraflatow @WNYCStudios

It’s only Tuesday but I’m already looking forward to Science Friday’s next installment for Science Diction, exploring the “secret scientific origin of words.” These are words we use in everyday parlance that have their origin in scientific circles – such as zero or quark or robot.

Science doesn’t exist in a silo. Scientists use words and language just like us. Encoded in the language they use are etymologies, histories, and stories that often stretch back centuries—some even bleeding into the words we use in our everyday life. It’s a fascinating trail we wanted to follow. That’s why we’re launching a limited run newsletter series called Science Diction.

This summer, we’ll send you a weekly email, each featuring a single word and unearthing the scientific origin story behind it. From quarks to umami to the sun, we’ll take a look at what we’re really saying when we use these words.

Read more here.


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