- the biases and blind spots that lead folks to conclude wrongly that the Roman numerals were replaced because they were awkward for arithmetic;
- the various relationships among words for counting, thinking, talking, and cutting;
- our unexpected choices and constraints when selecting how to say and write numbers;
- the history of the comparative, historical linguistic disciplines including linguistic anthropology, classics, and philology;
- and a lot more!
For those of you who don’t know the podcast, it’s a gem that focuses on etymology, classics, English, history, and more. Strongly recommended! – ok, I grant that I may be biased when it comes to today’s episode, but there’s a ton of great other content to be found on the podcast, as well as the affiliated website and Youtube channel.