Here are a bunch of things that I love which are educational and amusing. I do have other interests in life, but here I’m just listing the language stuff that I’ve found recently.
The NYT’s “A History of New York in 50 Objects” yielded this gem
Coleslaw, cookie, pickle, waffle, stoop and Yankee are among the Dutch words that endured.
WordReference language games — I’ve been using the site as my go-to quickie dictionary for over five years but just recently discovered that there are word games which pit your knowledge of French/Spanish/Italian against English. Fun!
RTÉ Language Bites — Irish radio presents one-minute stories on the origin of English words or phrases. This is a great teaching thing too as the presenter speaks very clearly and the sound design really enhances the script. I was blown away by the use of the music from Reagan’s Morning in America ads in one episode.