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I know this is a show about words, but forget the words for a moment; look at the spaces between the words.
Without the spaces, the words would be nigh incomprehensible. And yet, they're a relatively recent linguistic innovation. Dr Kate Wiles explains how English got its spaces.
MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
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- Dr Kate Wiles is contributing editor at History Today and soon will be helming their podcast. Her website is katewiles.wordpress.com and she tweets as @katemond.
- This episode was presented and produced by me, Helen Zaltzman.
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