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A turn-up for the books starts a chain reaction which leads to gambling in medieval France, the link between gonads and testifying by oath, and the derivation of the word avocado.

Abridged by Jane Marshall.

A circular stroll through the fascinating and amusing connections of the English language by the author of the popular Inky Fool blog, Mark Forsyth.

In the first episode the glorious insanities of our language are explored as a turn up for the books starts a chain reaction which leads to gambling in medieval France, the link between gonads and testifying by oath and the derivation of the word avocado.

Read by Hugh Dennis.

Produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall Production for BBC Radio 4.

15 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Dec 2011 00:30

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