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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 ...
 
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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Episode 68: Jay & Ray don't always pick a category. rub you the wrong way shake a stick at nothing to sneeze at lick and a promise 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 lege…
 
If you've ever encountered the ligatures æ and œ in old texts, you may have wondered: what are they called? Where do they come from? How exactly are they pronounced? Why don't we use them any more? The ligatures ash and ethel are rare in English writing today, but in previous centuries, they were common. (In Old English, the sound we today associat…
 
Episode 67: Jay & Ray tune up with a few music idioms. gig toot your own horn green room jam 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 cod…
 
Episode 66: Jay & Ray get hip to some 60s slang. dig it hippie / hep that's a gas bug out 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 W…
 
Episode 65: Jay & Ray iron out a few more clothing idioms. by the seat of your pants skivvies keep your shirt on thinking cap 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 Ro…
 
Episode 64: Jay & Ray get a little transactional. taken to the cleaner sold a bill of goods left holding the bag pay through the nose 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 l…
 
F*ck. Sh*t. C*ck. These are some of the most profane words in the English language, but what exactly makes them profane? Is there something about profanities that makes them different from ordinary vanilla words? In this interview, I speak with John McWhorter, preeminent linguist and author of Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and…
 
Episode 63: Jay & Ray talk to the animals. crocodile tears dog eat dog cat's meow elephant in the room 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…
 
Episode 62: Jay & Ray do some detective work. narc sleuth hawkshaw private dick 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 cl…
 
Episode 61: Jay & Ray discover things are going poorly. mayday triage debacle bloopers 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 W9Y2…
 
Episode 60: Jay & Ray comb through a few hairy idioms. mustache short hairs let your hair down hairsbreadth 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. Us…
 
Before the letter W was invented, the rune wynn was borrowed into the Latin AngloSaxon alphabet as a way of representing the /w/ sound. The letter yogh evolved out of Insular G, an Irish variation of the traditional letter G. The phonetic value of yogh varied. It could represent the /y/ sound, the guttural /x/ sound as in the Scottish "loch," and o…
 
Episode 59: Jay & Ray enjoy the chaotic nature of reality. tiff tacky house hawk 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 c…
 
Episode 58: Jay & Ray get a taste for some coffee idioms. cup of joe java mud 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…
 
Episode 57: Jay & Ray try on a few pants related idioms. trousers dungarees draws/drawers slacks 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…
 
Re-Run of Episode 8: Jay & Ray relax with a drink...or two. hootch 3 sheets to the wind martini booze Subscribe, Review, Share, and Follow us @Whole9YardsPod 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 cod…
 
Episode 55: Jay & Ray get lucky with a few new phrases. potluck fat chance murphy's law green with envy 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 ou…
 
In Modern English, we use the TH digraph to represent the voiced and voiceless dental fricative sounds. However, English previously had two unique letters that did this same job: eth and thorn. In this episode, we look at the origin and decline of eth and thorn in English in addition to some places outside of the English alphabet where these ancien…
 
Episode 54: Jay & Ray get in the know about a few idioms. wing it muddle down pat bone up 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 W…
 
Episode 53: Jay & Ray discover some inner happiness. dandy lark okay pleased as punch 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…
 
Episode 52: Jay & Ray hang out with some dude related idioms. old coot scalawag fuddy duddy jerkwater 1905 footage of the railway water trough. 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…
 
Episode 51: Jay & Ray fall for some love idioms. madly in love smitten head over heals crush 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 cod…
 
You can't have the English language without the ABC's, right? Wrong. In this overview episode, we look at the history of the alphabet and the many changes it has undergone from its Phoenician origins to today. We also consider the significance of the runic alphabet known as futhorc, the first alphabet used to write English. Two of the lost English …
 
Episode 50: Jay & Ray call each other by a few different nicknames. doofus buster chap lad 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 …
 
Episode 49: Jay & Ray get in the ring with a few sports idioms. ringer go to bat for hat trick rubber match 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. Us…
 
Episode 48: Jay & Ray make no sense with more nonsense. lackadaisical flabbergasted gobsmacked shenanigans 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…
 
Episode 47: Jay & Ray get down to business with more potty talk. latrine privy head commode 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…
 
‘Pasta’ is first attested in English during the 1800's, which is later than one might expect. However, in prior centuries, a handful of its closely related cognates such as ‘paste,’ ‘pastry,’ ‘pastel,’ and others were borrowed into English. We consider how these words relate historically and etymologically to the beloved Italian food. We also exami…
 
Episode 46: Jay & Ray give promote a few idioms regarding CEO nicknames. big-wig mogul muckity muck head honcho 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…
 
Episode 45: Jay & Ray spend some time cashing in a few more money idioms. cheapskate dollars to donuts burn a hole in your pocket 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 legen…
 
Episode 44: Jay & Ray take a break and re-run Punctuation. ampersand question mark interobang 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 co…
 
In today's episode, we look at the etymologies of our meal words––not to mention "meal" itself. (As it turns out, "meal" has a long history of usage as a measurement word.) The meanings of our meal words have shifted over time in concert with the standard time at which these meals are eaten. Spoiler: "Dinner" was the original "breakfast," and etymo…
 
Episode 43: Jay & Ray take a break and re-run the Potty Talk episode. Poop John Loo Potty 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 W…
 
Episode 42: Jay & Ray discuss a wide palette of colorful idioms. cut the mustard ace in the hole out of the blue 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 Clement…
 
Episode 41: Jay & Ray tuck in on more food-ioms. spill the beans couch potato cook your goose bun in the oven 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. …
 
In this interview episode, I speak with Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. Among many other things, we discuss why preserving endangered writing systems is so important to the cultures that use them, how writings systems become endangered in the first place, and Tim's fundraiser to raise awareness about the Mongolian script t…
 
Episode 40: Jay & Ray go over a list of talking points. 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. Us…
 
Episode 39: Jay & Ray chose their own adventures. bandy about just joshin' world is your oyster get your goat 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. …
 
In ancient Greek botanical literature, there is a reference to a spiny plant called a kaktos. This word would pass into Modern English as "cactus," though the kaktos itself was certainly not a cactus as we know it. More likely, it was an undomesticated "artichoke," a plant whose name ultimately comes from Arabic. In this episode, we take a look at …
 
Episode 38: Jay & Ray have some questions. naked as a jaybird bitter end call shotgun shadow of a doubt 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 ou…
 
Episode 37: Jay & Ray go unsupervised. balled out full tilt seven ways from sunday 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…
 
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