The Etymology of Sex, Feat. The Endless Knot

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about sex? (the word, that is!) How did we get our English word “sex”?

Aven and Mark of the podcast The Endless Knot are here to help us find out. Turns out it’s a lot more interesting than you might expect. Or maybe it’s exactly as interesting as you expect. Today, we unearth the etymology of sex.

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Episode originally aired as:

“Episode 79: Sex & Gender.” The Endless Knot. 2020, Feb. 11.

Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod

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