etymology podcasts

LinguaFile IV | Snark

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at...

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LinguaFile III | Orange

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at...

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LinguaFile II | Lagniappe

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at...

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LinguaFile I | Discombobulate

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss a mystery word or phrase with Vocabulary.com executive producer Ben Zimmer. Show...

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What Do You Mean What Is It Like?

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss "A literary history of the strange expression 'what is it like?'"—an article by...

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Lexicon: What Do You Mean What Is It Like?

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss "A literary history of the strange expression 'what is it like?'"—an article by...

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Lexicon: LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is...

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How New York Became the Big Apple

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the true story behind the most famous municipal nickname. Join Slate Plus!...

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Lexicon: How New York Became the Big Apple

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the true story behind the most famous municipal nickname. Join Slate Plus!...

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Lexicon: An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is...

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An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is...

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Lexicon: Seven Centuries of F--ks

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F-Word, about a recent discovery in the history...

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Seven Centuries of F--ks

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F-Word, about a recent discovery in the history...

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Lexicon: A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a piece of old American slang with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is...

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A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a piece of old American slang with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is...

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223: Mailbag

You have questions, and we have answers. But in the process we find out more about how English works, and how it got...

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Lexicon: A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the etymological quirkiness of the word "pussy." Lexicon Valley is brought to...

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A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the etymological quirkiness of the word "pussy." Lexicon Valley is brought to...

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Lexicon: Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a word that was popularized during the 1940s folk movement with lexicographer Ben...

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Lexicon: Snoozefest

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the energetic history of the word sleep. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The...

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