Mysteries of vernacular: hearse

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How ‘hearse’ – rooted in an ancient word for ‘wolf’ – rolled into the lexicon

Part of the Myriapod Productions series investigating the unexpected origins of everyday words, Mysteries of Vernacular: Hearse traces the odd evolution of the word from the extinct Oscan language of southern Italy to its modern usage, for the vehicle used to carry a coffin.

Director: Jessica Oreck

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