So you know the lyrics to Christmas carols? They may not be what you think.

Some of them have evolved over time, and how they’ve changed can tell us about language long ago.

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley gets festive on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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You can find out about the origins of a good many words by looking at the Online Etymological Dictionary.
www.etymonline.com

collie
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=collie

troll
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/troll#Etymology_3

Yule
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule

God rest you merry
http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxgodres.html

Tempest, storm, and wind
Google books link