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Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

BBC

Description:

Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

Language:

English

Contact:

Word of Mouth, BBC Radio 4, Bristol, BS8 2LR. 08 700 100400


Episodes

The Shipping Forecast: Internet Fandom

5/11/2021
Gretchen McCulloch, Internet Linguist, author of Because Internet and the host of the Lingthusiasm podcast, talks to Michael Rosen about what it is to "ship" and how fandoms and other subcommunities online are changing the English language. Clip from 'Mans Not Nice' Michael Rosen remix credited to MisterLucca Produced by Ellie Richold for BBC Audio in Bristol

Duration:00:27:44

Speech and Language Therapy

5/4/2021
Michael talks to speech and language therapists Fiona Gillies and Tara Millan-Brophy. Fiona has been helping Michael with his rehabilitation post Covid-19 and takes him through his exercises. Producer for BBC Audio in Bristol: Sally Heaven

Duration:00:27:33

Coinages

4/27/2021
Michael talks to Ralph Keyes about some of the unusual circumstances in which words and phrases are coined Producer for BBC Audio in Bristol : Sally Heaven

Duration:00:27:40

Romance Fraud

4/20/2021
Dr Elisabeth Carter talks to Michael about the language used by fraudsters who fake romantic relationships online for monetary gain Producer Sally Heaven Further information and help. Action Fraud provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. Phone: 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk Victim Support provides emotional and practical help to victims or witnesses of any crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police....

Duration:00:28:05

Changing Names

4/13/2021
Michael Rosen and BBC presenter Ben Boulos talk about how we change names Produced by Sally Heaven for BBC Audio in Bristol

Duration:00:27:55

Alphabetical Order

4/6/2021
Michael Rosen and historian Judith Flanders talk about how we categorise things, using alphabetical order and more. Produced by Sally Heaven for BBC Audio in Bristol

Duration:00:27:52

LGBTQIA+ slang

2/16/2021
Chloe Davis, creator of The Queen's English dictionary of LGBTQIA+ slang, talks to Michael about shade, fierce, and the importance of etymology. Producer Sally Heaven

Duration:00:28:19

Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen

2/9/2021
Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy, talks in depth to Michael Rosen about her life in writing and language. Producer Beth O'Dea Also available to download as part of the Word of Mouth podcast.

Duration:00:28:27

Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen

2/9/2021
Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, talks in depth to Michael about her life in language.

Duration:00:27:52

Bulls and Bears: animal metaphors in business language

2/2/2021
Michael Rosen finds out from journalist Dhruti Shah why there are so many terms relating to animals in the business world. From dragon kings to yak shaving, her aim is to open up these mysterious and sometimes excluding ways of using language to make finance easier for everyone to understand. Producer Beth O'Dea Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms is by Dhruti Shah and Dominic Bailey.

Duration:00:28:13

Bulls and Bears: animal metaphors in business language

2/2/2021
Michael Rosen asks journalist Dhruti Shah why there are so many animal terms in business.

Duration:00:28:13

Being a Polyglot

2/1/2021
Alex speaks 15 languages fluently. Does he have a special gift or could we all do this? Plus, what does 'to Donald Duck' mean in Hungarian? Producer Sally Heaven

Duration:00:00:25

Adam Bradley: The Poetry of Pop

1/26/2021
Literary critic Adam Bradley talks to Michael about pop lyrics, melody and performance, and how they all work together. Producer Sally Heaven.

Duration:00:28:09

How to Disagree

1/12/2021
Michael Rosen and philosopher Darren Chetty explore ways of disagreeing that could help to unite us, and provide a more productive way of communicating in an increasingly divided society. Producer Beth O'Dea

Duration:00:27:28

How to Disagree

1/12/2021
Michael Rosen and Darren Chetty explore ways of disagreeing that could help to unite us.

Duration:00:27:20

Talking Disability

1/5/2021
Michael Rosen is back. In the first in a new series, he meets actress and campaigner Samantha Renke and asks her how we talk about disability. Producer Sally Heaven.

Duration:00:27:32

Protest Slogans

8/25/2020
Playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, sitting in for Michael Rosen, talks about the provocative language of protest slogans with artist Zoe Buckman and writer Siana Bangura. Image copyright : Greg Morrison Sabrina Mahfouz is a writer and performer, raised in London and Cairo. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and resident writer at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Her most recent theatre show was A History of Water in the Middle East (Royal Court) and her most recent publications...

Duration:00:27:35

Black masculinity and language

8/18/2020
Teacher and writer Jeffrey Boakye, sitting in for Michael Rosen, and poet and writer JJ Bola, look at the construction of black masculinity in contemporary society and the impact of colonialism. They explore how language is used to define or constrain male identity and ask how modern society might transcend these inherited ideas. If you're not a roadman or a baller, who are you? Producer Beth O'Dea. Photo copyright: Antonio Olmos More about Jeffrey Boakye and JJ Bola: Jeffrey Boakye is an...

Duration:00:27:45

Talking to Strangers

8/11/2020
Do you enjoy having a random chat to a stranger? Professor Tanya Byron sitting in for Michael Rosen explores the benefits and barriers to talking to strangers. The "liking gap" the "parasite threat" and "lesser minds": some of the terms used to describe the obstacles some of us face when it comes to talking to people we don't know. Fear of being rejected and straight up fear of other people can prevent us from engaging a complete stranger in conversation. But it's something psychologist...

Duration:00:27:50

Othering through the centuries: Translation to acronyms

8/4/2020
Playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, sitting in for Michael Rosen, talks to producer Tobi Kyeremateng and classicist Professor Katherine Harloe about othering in language: describing people in ways that exclude them and make them seem lesser. Translations of the classics have been politicised in identity terms, for example adding in 'white skin' in where it didn't exist. The current language around 'BAME' and "BIPOC" is contentious, even if people think they are being helpful. The opposite of this is...

Duration:00:28:46