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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.


"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 "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. Hmm...now 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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