Lexicon Valley: The etymology and history of the word carnival with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Where Does the Word Carnival Come From?

Where Does the Word Carnival Come From?

A show about the mysteries of English.
March 9 2015 10:29 AM

Two Theories on the Origin of Carnival

Listen to Slate’s show about the contested origin of a gluttonous word, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

A carnival
“When flesh is bidden farewell.”

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 55: Where Does the Word Carnival Come From?

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word carnival with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on carnival, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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