etymology podcasts

#153 No Low Queue for Talking Now!

The Latin root loqu and its variant locut mean “speak.” These roots are the word...

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#154 Be No Longer Separated from "Se-"

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. A large number of English...

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#155 Big Lig Ties

The Latin root lig and its variants li and ly mean “tie.” This Latin root is the...

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Klingon and Esperanto Are Important Languages, Too

Language encapsulates every part of a culture, from its history of ideas to the way its speakers...

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Episode 6: Heckle Loaf

In this episode, Amy teases out a home-town industry that turned into a showbiz obstacle with...

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Episode 8: Inspiration Log

In this episode, Amy explores divine breath with "inspiration" and Ryan looks at big, heavy...

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Episode 9: Silly? Auspicious!

In this episode, Amy ponders using bird guts to swear in US presidents with "auspicious" and Ryan...

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Episode 10: Rank: Yahoo

In this episode, Amy explores the connection between a fictional 18th century group of simpletons...

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Episode 11: Explore Nostalgia

In this episode, Amy examines how one might literally die of home sickness with "nostalgia",...

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Episode 12: Embarrassing Zero

In this episode, Amy examines a linguistic path through Arabic and Latin that ultimately amounts...

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Episode 13: Produce Petrichor

In this episode, Amy talks about how to slander a religion by naming pus after the blood of gods...

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Episode 14: Etymology Etymology

In this episode, the trans-Atlantic connection has been temporarily severed by dodgy Scottish...

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Episode 15: Pornography Anatomy

In this episode, Amy talks about how "anatomy" was originally an action and Ryan talk about who...

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Episode 16: Empty Haar

In this episode, Amy talks about going suddenly cold and blind thanks to "haar" and Ryan talks...

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Episode 17: Utopian Bedlam

In this episode, Amy talks about going crazy in Bethlemen with "bedlam" and Ryan tries to find...

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Episode 18: Virtual Understanding

In this episode, Amy stands amid the origin of "understand" and Ryan discovers that there were...

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Episode 19: Character Book

In this episode, Amy appreciates the timeless nature of the word (and artifact) "book" and Ryan...

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Episode 21: Borrow(ed) Carpenter

In this episode, Amy tracks definitions that not only shift but outright reverse with "borrow"...

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Episode 22: Mondegreen Barbarian

In this episode, Amy looks at the word for why people think Hendrix sung "'scuse me while I kiss...

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What's So Funny? with guest Brent Butt

Brent Butt is back after a six year absence. The Canadian superstar talks about apples in...

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