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Etymoleon, a weekly 15 minute etymology podcast, gets into the world of word history and origins. Join Leon as he researches and explores the historical and linguistic roots of words, names and phrases tied to diverse topics. Without expertise in linguistics or history, Leon assumes the role of an avid researcher, presenting analyses of how words have evolved over time. Each episode unveils the journey of words, dissecting their transformations and connections to various languages such as Ol ...
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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 ...
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Word Journeys: An Etymology Podcast

Word Journeys: An Etymology Podcast

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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

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 ...
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This episode uncovers etymology related to the pharmaceutical industry. Learn how Ozempic and Tylenol got their names, as well as pharmaceutical giants like Roche and Pfizer. Pfizer, for instance, is an occupational surname rooted in a Latin word meaning "baker". Find out how a male enhancement drug might be named after a Sanskrit word meaning "tig…
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Episode 229: Jay & Ray are feeling some old idioms. - Encore hankering bedsides yourself Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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In this episode, we uncover the origins of words related to the summer season, such as sweltering, holiday, barbecue and scorching. Learn about the dahlia, a flower of the British summer season, named after Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, who shares a surname with the famous author Roald Dahl. The name means "valley" with the English variant being "d…
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Episode 228: Jay & Ray get hungry for a some old foodioms. - Encore ham-fisted egg on your face Hambone Blues by Milton Brown / 1936 Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production …
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This episode explores the origins and meanings of names popular with royalty. Discover why the nickname of a 10th century Nordic king lives on in the 20th century technology term Bluetooth. Learn how the name Harry, a pet form of Henry, traces back to the French pronunciation during the Middle English period. We also look into the ancient Greek roo…
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Episode 227: Jay & Ray are confused by a few new idioms. piss and vinegar flummox Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video indus…
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This episode gets into the origins of sleep-related terminology. Starting with how synonyms for sleep such as rest, nap, slumber and ZZZs entered the English language, we explain a theory as to why it's "forty winks" instead of twenty, thirty or fifty. Learn why the Old English word for snore is connected to rooting for someone to win, and why Aust…
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Episode 226: Jay & Ray get cool with a few new idioms. boondoggle cool as a cucumber Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video in…
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In this episode, we explore the stories behind the names of some of the world's most iconic landmarks and the etymology of the words used. We examine Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Gherkin, Burj Khalifa and more. Also uncovered are the origins and meanings of the names of architects associated with …
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Episode 225: Jay & Ray take a few Ls. - Encore lazy susan lo and behold Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Gra…
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This time we're looking into the origins of global corporations, exploring the etymology of their brand names and uncovering snippets of their histories. Some corporate names are derived from everyday words (Microsoft, Apple, Shell) and others from their founders' names (Audi, JP Morgan, Toyota). Learn why a payment provider's name also means trave…
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Episode 145: Jay & Ray kibitz over some old idioms. - Encore roger kibitz Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. G…
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In this episode we're taking a look at hair terminology, including the etymology behind diverse synonyms for hair, including dreads, mane and tresses. Learn about intriguing connections such as the association between the term "alopecia" and foxes, and the link between pomades and apples. Ever wondered about the origins of the word "shampoo" or the…
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Episode 223: Jay & Ray talk to some people about idioms. - Encore latchkey kid buckaroo Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video…
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This episode uncovers various theories behind why and how we use certain non-verbal gestures to communicate, along with the origins of the terms that describe them. Discover the surprising history behind gestures like the high-five, said to be popularised by American baseball, and elbow touching, first suggested by the World Health Organization in …
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Episode 222: Jay & Ray groove with some Gs. disgruntle grub Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries. Grab a taste of…
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Episode 221: Jay & Ray get squared away with new idioms. spic and span squared away Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video ind…
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This time we're looking into furniture terminology, from the interchangeably used couch, sofa and settee to futon and hammock, which derive from the languages of their origin. Learn why the history of the dining room sideboard, known as the credenza, is rooted in the fear of food poisoning, and trace the origins of the word chair back to its Ancien…
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Episode 220: Jay & Ray leaf through some old foliage idioms. - Encore root for bushed Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video i…
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This episode explores the origins and meanings of names beginning with the letter C. Discover surprising connections between the name Charles and the term churlish, both rooted in a Germanic language word. Uncover how a Latin word meaning "hairless" influenced terms like Calvinism and chauvinist, named after historical figures. Explore the origin o…
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Episode 219: Jay & Ray punch out some old idioms. - Encore cold cocked beats me Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industr…
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Episode 218: Jay & Ray spend some money on a few old idioms. - Encore bucks moola ducats dosh Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and…
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In this episode, we get into the history of the Full English Breakfast, a dish that took shape around the 18th century. Explore the etymological origins of its essential components such as sausages, eggs, bacon, black pudding and baked beans. Uncover the intriguing story of why tomatoes were once known as 'love apples'. Additionally, discover the c…
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Episode 217: Jay & Ray get curious about curios. - Encore tchotchke knick-knack bric-a-brac gewgaw Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film…
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In this episode, we delve into the world of phobias, uncovering the etymological origins behind words associated with deep-seated fears. Explore the roots of well-known phobias like arachnophobia, acrophobia and claustrophobia, as well as the lesser-known oenophobia, the fear of wine. Additionally, we explore the linguistic origins of glossophobia,…
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Episode 216: Jay & Ray sling some old slang. - Encore rank have a blast square psych Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video in…
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In this episode, we explore the evolution of family member terminology, unravelling the origins of words such as mother, brother, nephew and cousin in English. Many of these familial designations have undergone significant changes over time; for instance, the term "niece" once referred to a granddaughter. Discover when terms like "co-parent", "glam…
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pisode 215: Jay & Ray farm a few old idioms. - Encore don't have a cow when pigs fly haywire long row to hoe Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the adverti…
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This time, we're delving into the origins of famous cocktail drinks and uncovering the intriguing stories behind their names. The Bloody Mary, for instance, is rumoured to be named after a theatre production, while the name Mai Tai is thought to translate to 'good' or 'best'. The term "cocktail" itself has a mysterious origin, with some speculating…
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Episode 214: Jay & Ray digest a few old food idioms. - Encore a finger in every pie chew the fat fit as a fiddle ear to the ground plus a drop in by the illustrious Johnny Dollar, R.I.P. Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound …
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Episode 213: Jay & Ray get scammed by a few old idioms. - Encore nick stiff racket boost Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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This episode looks at words of the spring season. The month of March is named after the Roman god of war Mars, and the month of May was once known as 'the month of three milks'. As for the term 'spring clean', various theories exist to explain why this season is so connected to tidying. Delve into the etymological roots of springtime British vegeta…
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Episode 212: Jay & Ray chow down on some old food-ioms. - Encore chow nosh spam barbecue Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and vide…
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This episode uncovers the linguistic roots behind words associated with pregnancy and childbirth. For some generations the word pregnant is considered taboo which is why phrases like 'with child' and 'in the family way' emerged. Discover how the placenta's name harks back to an ancient cake, and how the umbilical cord derives its name from the Lati…
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Episode 211: Jay & Ray do some old detective work. - Encore private dick sleuth hawkshaw narc Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and…
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In this episode, we delve into the meanings and etymology of names commencing with the letter 'B'. Unravel the intriguing connections as Barbara's roots intertwine with the word 'barbarian', and find out why Bridget is responsible for the term 'old biddy'. Despite their similar sound, Brendan and Brenda boast distinct etymological origins. Addition…
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Episode 210: Jay & Ray call each other by a few old nicknames. - Encore doofus buster chap lad Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, an…
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This episode delves into the origins of sports names, embarking on a journey that begins with the intertwined history of Football, Rugby and Soccer. Explore the linguistic roots behind the names of sports like Pickleball, Tennis and Golf. The equestrian sport of Polo, brought to England by tea planters returning from India, finds its origins in Per…
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Episode 209: Jay & Ray have idioms flying out their wazoo. teetotaller wazoo Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertising, film, and video industries…
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This episode delves into the intricate world of stereotypes, uncovering the historical evolution of names such as Karen, Keisha and Chad. Gain an understanding of the stereotypes associated with these names and explore their origins. Trace the linguistic journeys that introduced terms like prejudice, bias and stereotype into the English language. A…
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Episode 208: Jay & Ray party down with some old idioms. - Encore paint the town red hobnob play hooky wallflower Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the adv…
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This time we're exploring the language of fine dining. Unravel the linguistic origins behind terms such as "foie gras", where "gras" means fat and traces back to a Latin word which is also the root of the word "grease". Discover the etymology of words like "restaurant", "a la carte", "flambé", and "sous vide", and delve into the link between Michel…
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Episode 207: Jay & Ray eye up some old body idioms. - Encore foot in mouth mug on the tip of your tongue twist your arm Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for …
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This episode investigates the history of words associated with love and romance. Delve into the theory surrounding the inception of Valentine's Day and uncover the connection between the term 'darling' and the concept of being expensive. Explore the reason why red roses are linked to love, and unravel theories behind the term 'French kiss' for an i…
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Episode 206: Jay & Ray meet some friendly animal idioms. again. - Encore a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush don't count your chickens eat crow can of worms Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast…
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In this episode, we explore the intriguing correlation between people's names and their professions. Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter renowned for his speed, aptly carries the surname "Bolt". Weather presenters Amy Freeze and Sara Blizzard have last names that embody the essence of their forecasts, while the founder of a major financial company ap…
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Episode 205: Jay & Ray move to understand a few old phrases. - Encore badger grasping for straws get the ball rolling palm off Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production servic…
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This time we're looking at the etymological origins of business terms, from the Ancient Greek origins of the words monopoly and duopoly, to the words describing the leader of a business such as 'entrepreneur', 'founder', 'director' and 'boss'. This episode also strips back the word 'company' to the root Latin word for bread and explores the name an…
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Episode 204: Jay & Ray learn how to say some old idioms. - Encore gingerly barn burner hold a candle SNAFU Subscribe, review, and come find us on Twitter, Instagram, & FB. Big Science Music is an award-winning original music and sound boutique. Providing scoring, sound design, radio, podcast, and all audio-post production services for the advertisi…
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This time, indulge in a delectable episode tracing the name roots of chocolate bars beloved in Britain and America. Discover the fascinating history behind these confectionery delights, learning when they first graced shelves. The Snickers is named after a Mars family horse and its former UK name has ties to a vegetable. This episode also delves in…
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