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The Origin of Names, Words and Everything in Between


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Patrick Foote was born in London in 1994 and raised on the south east coast of England. Although Patrick loved learning at school he felt the education system was never quite right or engaging enough for him, so much so he dropped out of university after three months! All this led to the creation of the YouTube channel Name Explain, of which Patrick is the sole researcher, writer, animator, editor, and host. The channel was created to delve into people's curiosity and to get people learning in a fun and engaging way. It makes people think about things they never knew they wanted to know, relating to all things names. For instance, where is Old Zealand? Why do Austria & Australia have such similar names? Or if there are any descendants of Adolf Hitler still alive with the surname Hitler. In just over two years of existence Name Explain has amassed over 100,000 subscribers and over 10 Million views. Patrick's key influences of his YouTube channel are CGP Grey and Xidnaf. His key writing influence is Bill Bryson. His love of animals comes from Steve Irwin and David Attenborough. When Patrick isn't writing books or YouTube videos he is normally playing video games, building Lego sets, watching professional wrestling, or looking after his pet tortoise Bowser.


"This book engages in a way that makes learning fun and surprising. It provides thoughtful, personable and enlightening answers to questions I never knew I had!" Becci, Patrick's girlfriend
"The Origin of Names, Words, and Everything in Between is a practical etymology for the curious and obsessed. From countries, companies, toys and games, Patrick covers a wide range of fascinating topics that give you a unique perspective on the origin and meaning of names." Wasif, Social Influencer Marketer
"What I really like about The Origin of Names is that it makes me think about things I never knew I wanted the answer for." Tania, Patrick's mother
"Reading this book makes me relive my school days with Patrick. When he would think up a witty idea for a drama piece, I would instantaneously laugh, stand back, and be filled with pride. Then would say something like 'great job Pat'-the same applies with this fantastic read. Great job." Liam, friend of Patrick's
"If I could put Name Explain YouTube videos on my coffee table as a conversation starter, I would. And now with the soon-to-be published The Origins of Names, Words, and Everything in Between, I can. From the casually curious to etymology junkies (or anyone who's ever halted a conversation to search the internet for the origin of a word) this book will have something for everyone." William C. Fox of the YouTube channel The Exploration with William C. Fox
"As a recent follower of the Name Explain YouTube channel, I've had to catch up quick; there is, indeed, a lot of information covered by Mr. Foote. And it's utterly fascinating! This book is a perfect addition-it is witty and entertaining, but it also 'digs deep' into the roots of where we find the etymology of our everyday words. Definitely recommend." Julie, Patrick's girlfriend's mother
"Patrick Foote, the voice, brain, and hand behind the YouTube channel Name Explain, has transferred his unique humour and wit to his first book. Perfect for fans of all ages both old and new, this book has something in it for everyone. Whether you have an academic interest or just want a few fun facts to drop into conversations. This book is easily accessible for reading bits and pieces or the whole thing in one go!" Claire, friend of Patrick's
"Patrick has made me realise that even the most mundane and ubiquitous words can have an endlessly fascinating story. His whimsical and friendly tone also makes any topic entertaining and accessible. all of a sudden I would love for Patrick to explain 'mundane,' 'ubiquitous' and 'whimsical!'" Betty of the YouTube channel Articulations

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