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Tagged with “etymology” (5)

  1. Lexicographer Ben Zimmer on the etymology of taking something with a grain of salt.

    A phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries.

    Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase with a grain of salt with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer

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  2. The etymology and early history of the word “dude”

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word dude is a made-up slang term whose origin is "not recorded." But a number of etymology sleuths, on the trail of dude for more than a decade, have recently pieced together a convincing theory of how the word may have been coined and where it was popularized. Bob Garfield and I discuss the fascinating early history of dudery, including Mark Twain’s literary use of the word in his 1889 satire A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

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  3. What’€™s a Hipster? - A Way with Words, public radio’s lively language show

    Get out your skinny jeans and pass the PBR! Martha and Grant discuss the definition of the word hipster. Also, what happens when you pull a brodie? And why do we describe something cheap or poorly made as cheesy? Also, sawbucks, shoestring budgets, the origins of bootlegging, and cabbie lingo, including the slang word bingo.

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  4. Strange Spelling Bee Words - A Way with Words, public radio’s lively language show

    Why do spelling bees include such bizarre, obsolete words as cymotrichous? Why is New York called the Big Apple? Also, the stinky folk medicine tradition called an asifidity bag, the surprising number of common English phrases that come directly from the King James Bible, three sheets to the wind, the term white elephant, in like Flynn, Australian slang, and what to call foam sleeve for an ice-cold beverage can.

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  5. Weird and Wonderful Words

    In "Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words," Phil Cousineau delves into the curious etymologies of words ranging from the seemingly straightforward to the utterly obscure. Cousineau joins us in studio to discuss the hidden histories and meanings of the 250 words profiled in his book. An author and filmmaker, Cousineau has published 26 nonfiction books and has 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

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