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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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