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Word Matters

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Word Matters

Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media

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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who's curious about the English language. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is our language.
 
Whole 9 Yards is a weekly podcast that will simultaneously educate, astonish, and amuse. Listen while we share equivocal research about the origin of words, phrases, and idioms we use every day. From the team at Big Science Pods, we bring you the whole 9 yards, the entire kit and caboodle, the whole shebang of this quick, entertaining look at our language and the history therein. Learn why we call New York "The Big Apple," what "red-handed" REALLY means and why sometimes people are "happy as ...
 
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Lexitecture

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Lexitecture

Ryan Paulsen and Amy Hanlon

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A Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) talking about the words in the English language that fascinate them most at the moment, looking at their histories and origins and trying to piece together just how they got to where they are today. This is a podcast for anyone interested in etymology (the study of words and their origins/history). If you've ever found yourself happier after discovering some bizarre bit of trivia about a word that you hadn't even given a second thought to (such as how the w ...
 
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Bedside Rounds

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Bedside Rounds

Adam Rodman, MD, MPH, FACP

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Bedside Rounds is a storytelling podcast about medical history and medicine’s intersections with society and culture. Host Adam Rodman seeks to tell a few of these weird, wonderful, and intensely human stories that have made modern medicine.
 
Word Journeys is a podcast about etymology and the surprising stories behind the origins of English words. English is constantly evolving and the meanings of words are always shifting. In each episode, we take words united by a common theme and explore how they made their way into English and the historical circumstances which shaped their definitions. For more information or to contact us, visit www.wordjourneyspodcast.com. If you would like to contribute to the show and want to see the per ...
 
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The Etymology Podcast

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The Etymology Podcast

Gayitri Chhibber & Puranjay Savar Mattas

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The study of the origin of words of Hindi, Sanskrit & other languages and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history which has enhanced the knowledge of the society & brings out the broader version of the culture. We here provide you our listener with in-depth knowledge. This show will release episodes weekly in both Hindi & English alternatively. Hindi By Mrs. Gayitri Chhibber English By Puranjay Savar Mattas *DISCLAIMER* The English episodes are transcriptions of the H ...
 
There are no genders (sex-division term) no orientations (bioscience term) no races (anthropological term) no classes (social science term) no laity (religious term) no debtors/lenders (monetary based economic term). Perhaps the greatest and oldest conspiracy of all involves ancient, material-focused, wayward creators making “god/s” dividing “humans” for rule. We are ALL creators; spawns of the UberCreator and the UnivEarth is fat.
 
Man of Starch podcast featuring Bryan Starchman. Your source for the polite musings of a real life High School English teacher and drama coach from beautiful Mariposa, California. Podsafe music, a round up of the top news stories in Education and how they will affect you, a review of what Man of Starch has been reading, watching, and listening to, highlights from this week in history, a calendar of events for all those Central Valley Kids complaining that there is Nothing To Do In This Town, ...
 
Have you ever wondered why we use certain phrases or words? Where did they come from? What's the origin of that saying? Why do we say "Rule of Thumb"? Why should we mind our "P's & Q's"? Father and son hosts Scott and Liam Kelly have the answers to those questions!We know you could just look it up online, but why not have us do the work for you and have a fun time listening!We also play our World Famous game show Word or Not a Word at the end of each episode!New episodes every Tuesday.
 
Let’s Learn About… is a fun, general knowledge podcast that teaches you things you probably didn't need to know, but you're glad you now know them! Each episode, we’ll learn about a new topic and then share some resources if you want to learn more. Some of our favourite topics are history, mythology, film & TV, and space!
 
Join host and American English teacher Mike, as he guides you through the English language. Make sure to visit www.englishsessionswithmike.com for more content and to book private lessons with Mike. These podcast episodes will help ESL learners with their pronunciation, grammar, structure... and we will have some fun too!
 
Capilano Radio Club formed in attempt to connect voices and people together, to bring awareness of the incredible initiatives and projects students create at Cap. Through the form of new media and internet radio, the club aspires to create a platform for new voices to be heard, and to bridge a community of students on and off campus. We aim to give students a voice through the platform of new media, to showcase their opinions, talent and work. Capilano Radio is currently in development to ru ...
 
If you've ever wondered whether spiders get depressed, or what happens when you put a gun in a refrigerator, or what Presidents of the United States do after their terms end, this podcast will relieve you of the effort of having to look it up yourself.
 
Shitty History is the birth child of comedian Angi Bell. It was conceptualized during an episode of TWS with Angi B and has since been brought to fruition. On each mini-episode, you can expect to hear some true facts mixed with nonsense as it relates to various history, sports, phrases, products...pretty much anything really. Definitely won't be for the faint of heart. Have a listen!
 
“Call me Ishmael” is one of the most famous opening lines in American literature. With these words, opens one of the strangest and most gripping stories ever written about the sea and sea-faring. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is today considered one of the greatest novels written in America but paradoxically, it was a miserable failure when it first made its debut in 1851. Entitled Moby Dick or The Whale the book finally got its due after the author's death and is now regarded as a classic po ...
 
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Episode 86: Jay & Ray re-run episode 40 hemming & hawwing butter you up cat got your tongue Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code…
 
As quite a bit of wet stuff has been falling out of the sky this week, and it’s raining as I write this, I thought I’d look into the the origins of the word rain [ɹeɪn]. Definition: condensed water falling from a cloud any matter moving or falling, usually through air [source] It comes from the Middle English reyn/rein [rɛi̯n/reːn] (rain), from the…
 
The English language 1) is not logical, and 2) loves to hold onto its mistakes. Enter folk etymology, or, attempts to apply logic to the language, and the mistakes that took root. Hosted by Emily Brewster, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration with New England Public Media. Transcript available here. Our podcast is sponsored b…
 
We talk all the time about how words are entered. But what about the ones that fall away? How are those decisions made? Let's get into it. Sponsored by University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education. For more information, please visit: ce.uci.edu/learnnow See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notic…
 
Hello Friends, On today's show we cover: On The Dot Hell or High Water You Can't Make Silk Out Of A Sow's Ear Moving The Needle We also have our final Semi-Final match of the Word or Not a Word Tournament of Champions with the Winner who will face our Grand Champion Kersti next week in our Season 1 Finale! Follow Us on Instagram @whydowesaythat…
 
A lot of things can make you think instantly of Halloween. Ghosts, bats, pumpkins, and black cats show up in seasonal décor everywhere. But where did these symbols come from? Find out in this Spooky Month episode! --- Where to Find Us: Find the full notes for this episode, including where you can learn more about these topics, at learnaboutpod.com.…
 
There are three new language pages on Omniglot this week: Tukang Besi, a Celebic language spoken mainly in the Tukangbesi Islands in Wakatobi district of Southeast Sulawesi Province in central Indonesia. Chittagonian (চিটাইঙ্গা), an Eastern Bengali-Assamese language spoken in the Chittagong Division in southeast Bangladesh. Wolio, a Celebic languag…
 
Episode 85: Jay & Ray get scammed by a few new idioms. nick stiff racket boost Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at cle…
 
You know that old cliche, "When they look up X in the dictionary, they'll see your picture"? Well, for these folks, that saying is true. Today we're talking eponyms. Hosted by Emily Brewster, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration with New England Public Media. Transcript available here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/…
 
This episodes starts with Scott explaining why he is not like those other nerds who are into swords and dragons, and then explains that Callandor is a magical, crystal sword which can only be wielded by the true Dragon Reborn. Next, the guys discuss the history behind the phrases "Chasing the Dragon" and "Sword of Damocles." They talk about how her…
 
He's tall and thin with unnaturally long, tentacle-like arms. His face is white and featureless, but may appear differently to anyone who sees it. He wears a dark suit and tie. Yes, that's right... we're talking about Slender Man! In this Spooky Month episode, Ellie discusses the origins of Slender Man, the birth of the online urban legend, and the…
 
There are four new language pages on Omniglot this week: Mori Atas and Mori Bawah, closely related Celebic languages spoken in the southeast of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Kulisusu (Pogau Kolinsusu), a Celebic language spoken on Buton Island in Southeast Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. Red Karen or West Kayah (ꤊꤢꤛꤢꤟ), a Karen language spoken in eastern …
 
In today’s Adventure in Etymology we’re finding out what walls, whelks and helicopters have in common. A wall [wɔːl/wɔl/wɑl] is: a vertical construction made of stone, brick, wood, etc, with a length and height much greater than its thickness, used to enclose, divide, or support a structure or rampart built to protect and surround a position or pla…
 
The ‘GH’ in English (Pronunciation: Taught; thought; tough; though) Welcome to episode 39 of The English Sessions. The pronunciation of ‘GH’ in English. I am your host and English teacher, Mike Butler. These podcasts can help you improve your English! Together, we will talk about grammar… pronunciation… structure... and have some fun too. Remember …
 
Episode 84: Jay & Ray scuffle with a few fighting words. beef screwed the pooch bone of contention donnybrook Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. …
 
Today we're looking at two of the English language's most persistent questions. First, is there an actual difference between 'ax' and 'axe'? What's up with that? Then, the great debate continues to rage over what can be called a 'podium' and what is a 'lectern.' Hosted by Emily Brewster, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration w…
 
In this episode, Steve interviews journalist, author, and podcaster Jesse Singal to discuss, among other things, "fad psychology," and the potential benefits of gorilla poses. But first, Steve reveals the origins of the term "self-help" and the disturbing true story behind the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" Next, Scott gets into the surprisingly "revo…
 
Hello Friends, We are back after a couple weeks off. Thanks for joining us! On today's show, we cover: Fight Fire With Fire Flash In The Pan Tie the Knot Great Minds Think Alike We have also reached the penultimate episode of the WONAW Tournament of Champions with contestants Kristina and Owen! Follow Us on Instagram: @whydowesaythat…
 
Charlotte kicks off Spooky Month 2021 with a classic Halloween topic: haunted houses! Learn about 3 creepy houses with some horrifying true crime stories behind them: the Villisca Axe Murder House in Iowa, the Skirrid Inn in Abergavenny, and the infamous H. H. Holmes Murder Hotel in Chicago. --- Where to Find Us: Find the full notes for this episod…
 
In this episode, we hit a momentous and arbitrary-base-10-numbering-system milestone of 100 episodes! Amy gets cheesy with "friend" and Ryan asks for a sub with "surrogate" but the REAL story is all the amazing people who contributed clips, and to whom we are extremely grateful: Mignon "Grammar Girl" Fogarty Mark and Aven from the Endless Knot Podc…
 
During World War II, the US Army launched a seemingly routine experiment to find the ideal way to screen soldiers for tuberculosis. Jacob Yerushalmy, the statistician in charge of this project, would succeed at this task -- and end up fundamentally changing our conception of medical diagnosis in the process. This episode features Dr. Shani Herzig, …
 
There are three new languages on Omniglot this week: Kusunda (मिहाक / कुसान्डा), a language isolate spoken in the southern Rolpa District of Lumbini province in west-central Nepal. Kodeoha, a Celebic language spoken in Southeast Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Bungku, a Celebic language spoken in the provinces of Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sula…
 
George talks about some interesting terms he encountered in his most recent job, and how you can pay attention to language around you at work for inspiration. Original Script Welcome to Conlangery, the podcast about constructed languages and the people who create them. I’m George Corley. Today, I want to continue my occasional “listen like a conlan…
 
Episode 83: Jay & Ray share some behind the scenes and an encore of Carelessness. slacker willy nilly slipshod leeway Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Cl…
 
We speak to Bet Hucks about Roman importation and love of Egyptian art and other cultural material, the importance of thinking about material remains in assemblages and considering the contexts in which they were displayed, and some innovative ways of bringing the physical experiences of the past to modern audiences. Oh, and also, crocodiles! Bet’s…
 
Today we are looking at the origins and use of emoji, those little symbols that appear in text messages, emails and other electronic communications. An emoji is a pictogram, logogram, ideogram or smiley used in electronic messages and web pages. Emoji are used to fill in emotional cues otherwise missing from typed conversations. They include facial…
 
In this episode, Scott and Steve discuss a topic that they are not really qualified to discuss: pregnancy. Is it ever ok to comment on a pregnancy? Should you ever pat a pregnant woman's belly? Is the phrase "Knocked Up" offensive? The guys tackle these questions and more. In the New Slang segment, Steve explains the phrase "Hits Different," but fi…
 
We're joined by the lovely Pippa Stacey, a chronically ill writer, communications consultant, and blogger. She's here to talk to us all about being a chronically ill/disabled university student, including her tips for getting the most out of your experience and not being scared to ask for what you need. We also chat about what it means to redefine …
 
As I got to know some of my neighbours better this week I thought I’d look into the the origins of the word neighbour [ˈneɪbə] / neighbor [ˈneɪbɚ]. Definition: a person who lives near or next to another a person or thing near or next to another to be or live close (to a person or thing) [source] It comes from the Middle English neighebor [ˈnɛixəbur…
 
Episode 82: Jay & Ray groove with a few 60s idioms. bummer flake split bogart Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. The Roberto Clemente Museum is a showcase of baseball artifacts, memorabilia, works of art, and photographs related to the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Use our promo code W9Y21 at clem…
 
This week we finally address it: the two spellings of everyone's favorite North American marsupial. Plus, we do a deep dive on 'staycation' and various other leisure-related portmanteaus! Hosted by Emily Brewster, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration with New England Public Media. Transcript available here. See Privacy Policy…
 
In this episode of Origin of Speakcies, Scott and Steve discuss the definitions and origins of the idioms "Cabin Fever" and "Basket Case," both of which seem appropriate for these times. Listen now to find out whether or not you may be suffering from cabin fever, and learn why the idea of a basket case was so controversial that two Surgeon Generals…
 
Ellie talks about the science and psychology behind déjà vu – that phenomenon when you feel like you've lived through the present situation before. (This episode topic was suggested to us by Llinos, a previous guest and one of our lovely patrons!) --- Where to Find Us: Find the full notes for this episode, including where you can learn more about t…
 
In this episode, Amy finds a place to put her stuff with "apothecary" and Ryan takes care of a "curator". Lexitecture is a podcast about words. In each episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thi…
 
The meanings of "parabola" and "parable" have very little to do with one another, yet these words are etymological doublets of a single Greek work, parabole, which meant "a throwing aside". In this episode, we explore how this literal meaning connects to the literary and mathematical developments of this Greek word. This month's bonus episode explo…
 
Teacher, I have a doubt… or do I have a question? — A big THANK YOU to the latest Patreon supporters, Chris and Anna — Hello everyone. Today’s podcast is a special episode. It is a conversation with a young man in Brazil who is a native Portuguese speaker and is also an English teacher in Brazil. His name is Miguel. We talk about the differences be…
 
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