Final Note

Geoffrey Chaucer invented ‘twitter’

Kai Ryssdal Oct 25, 2012
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Final Note

Geoffrey Chaucer invented ‘twitter’

Kai Ryssdal Oct 25, 2012
HTML EMBED:
COPY

This final note today, which begins with the observation that this is the 612th anniversary of the death of Geoffrey Chaucer. He of “The Canterbury Tales,” yes — but so much more.

Including this: We learned via The Atlantic Wire today and the Twitter feed of the Oxford English Dictionary that among the words Chaucer is credited with coming up with is “twitter.”

“To utter a succession of light tremulous notes,” the OED says, “to chirp continuously.”

So there you go.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.