Fun programme that I forgot in last night’s list: Balderdash and Piffle. Could anyone but the BBC get away with a programme that’s an extended plug for the OED?
Most interesting word this week was nit nurse. Interesting because the word has clearly been around for as long as the nit nurses themselves (from the early 20th century) – I knew it, and the Welsh grannies the presenter talked to all knew it – but as a word coined and passed along by kids themselves, and not at all popular [that’s an understatement] with the adults it refers to. (But nonetheless the word hunters managed to find a reference over 40 years older than the OED’s previous earliest known usage.)