Talk the Talk

Talk the Talk

371: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

Take a tornado. Add some sharks. You've got a sharknado. But it's not just sharks that can leap out of their normal...

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370: Named Wrong (Live Q&A)

Names are what they are, and as long as they work, they work. But sometimes in the history of naming, people name...

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369: The Grammarian Is In (with Ellen Jovin)

Talking to Ellen Jovin, author and proprietor of Grammar Table, where she dispenses face-to-face grammar advice to...

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368: Poetry

Poetry isn't (just) enjoyable, it can be useful. It can help us with language learning and memorisation, and help...

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367: Your Inner Prescriptivist (with Alyssa Severin)

Talking with Dr Alyssa Severin about changing minds on prescriptivism.  In the news: Bees can associate arbitrary...

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366: Oxbows (Live Q&A)

Akimbo. Throes. Tizzy. Some words only appear in limited contexts. But what do they mean? The fascinating histories...

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365: Difficult Words (with Jane Solomon)

Talking with lexicographer Jane Solomon about her book, The Dictionary of Difficult Words. News: Why the latest...

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364: Mailbag of R-R-R-R

The questions never stop, and neither do we. What's the past tense of yeet, and why is English past tense so...

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363: Talking Race (with Jessi Grieser)

What happens to language when newcomers move in? Language isn't just for communication — it also signals membership...

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362: Gesture in Mind

New research on gesture and mind. People handle inference about the same, whether verbal or gestural. When you see a...

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361: Helping My Language Live - Language Activism (with Margaret Florey)

Imagine watching your language erode away. How would you help it to stay alive? What can one person do in the face...

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360: Familiolects (Live Q&A)

Which words, phrases, and pronunciations are unique to your family? We often talk about languages, dialects, and...

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359: False Friends (Live Q&A)

They feel so right, but sound so wrong. They're false friends — pairs of words in different languages that seem...

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358: Mailbag of Mallets

Again we tackle the questions that others dast not.  Why do all children know the 'nyah nyah' song?  What is the...

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357: The F-Word (with Jesse Sheidlower)

Daniel chats with lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower about profanity, power, and his book, "The F-Word". News: Meet Q,...

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356: The The Show (with Nick Wilson)

Talking to Nick Wilson about the biggest small word in the English language: the. News: How the media reports about...

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355: The Bee Show (with Stephen Mann)

Bees: not just great pollinators; great communicators. The dance of the European honeybee is one of the most famous...

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354: Shiny Crumb (Live Q&A)

Have you ever blanked on a word and said something else? It may not just be you. Some mild forms of anomia happen...

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353: Mailbag of Highly Intelligent Listeners

Some smart questions from our Mailbag. Will there ever be one global language? What would it take for completely new...

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352: Wait (with Sali Tagliamonte)

Dr Sali Tagliamonte tells us about her new research into the word 'wait'. You probably use it at the start of...

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