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Have you ever wondered why it rains "cats and dogs" or why someone you like just told you to go "break a leg?" Check in weekly with your hosts Scott and Steve as they reveal the fascinating and sometimes bizarre origins of the idioms we use every day.

Have you ever wondered why it rains "cats and dogs" or why someone you like just told you to go "break a leg?" Check in weekly with your hosts Scott and Steve as they reveal the fascinating and sometimes bizarre origins of the idioms we use every day.
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Have you ever wondered why it rains "cats and dogs" or why someone you like just told you to go "break a leg?" Check in weekly with your hosts Scott and Steve as they reveal the fascinating and sometimes bizarre origins of the idioms we use every day.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 42 - Proof Is in the Pudding & Pot Calling the Kettle Black: Crazy but Sincere

5/21/2019
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This episode begins with a "3 Sheets Girl" update related to Whitesnake, then Steve drops some "Don Quixote" knowledge all over everyone. He explains this famous novel's connection to the idioms, "Proof Is in the Pudding," "Pot Calling the Kettle Black," and more. Steve also explains why audio-book sex scenes can be extra awkward, and Scott proves (again) that he is not racist. Stay tuned after the show for a preview of the new podcast from Speakcies, "Personal...

Duration:00:35:59

Ep. 41 - Snobs & Slobs: Podcast Gold

5/14/2019
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In this episode, the guys discuss the classic TV and movie trope of "Slobs vs. Snobs," but first spend some time talking about how to describe the glory of David Coverdale and Whitesnake to a millennial from the "Goldfish Generation." Listen in to the odd-couple of podcasting as Steve shames Scott for eating "off-brand" pop-tarts over ten years ago and Scott professes his love of sweatpants. Mmm...do you smell that? No, it's not armpits, it's just a little thing called, "Podcast Gold."

Duration:00:48:10

Ep. 40 - Cool Beans & Awesome Sauce: Things Not to Say

5/7/2019
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This episode starts with Scott's revelation that he hasn't seen any of the Avengers movies and Steve taking a hard stance on not revealing his preferred theater seats, before Scott turns negative and starts discussing two of his most hated phrases. Listen now to hear the roots of the awful phrases, "Cool Beans" and "Awesome Sauce," and find out how DJ Tanner, Strongbad and Cheech and Chong are involved.

Duration:00:35:00

Ep. 39 - Under My Skin, More Than One Way to Skin a Cat & Skin in the Game: Skin Facts

4/30/2019
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This episode starts with Steve admitting that he'd never be able to convert to a certain religion because he isn't handsome enough and a theory about the stock photos in picture frames. Then the guys get into the origins of the phrases, "Under My Skin, More Than One Way to Skin a Cat & Skin in the Game. Listen now to learn some of Steve's patented "Skin Facts" and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Duration:00:30:45

Ep. 39 - Under My Skin, More Than One Way to Skin a Cat & Skin in the Game: Skin Facts

4/30/2019
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This episode begins with Steve realizing that he could never join a certain religion because he's not handsome enough and a theory about stock photos for picture frames, then he gets into his patented "Skin Facts," which are kind of gross. Listen now to hear the origins of the phrases, "Under My Skin," "More Than One Way to Skin a Cat" and "Skin in the Game," and make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

Duration:00:45:19

Ep. 38 - Cold Shoulder & Caught Red Handed: Mutton Mondays

4/23/2019
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This episode starts with the guys discussing their shared hatred of the Berenstain Bears, then turns to Steve's very "dad" outfit. Next, the guys explore the episodes' titular idioms, which were both popularized by the author of "Ivanhoe," which Steve and Scott have both read. Listen now to hear all of this and much more, including the fact that Steve has never been "left on read," Scott draws inspiration from his heritage when challenged to a drinking contest and both guys have read the...

Duration:00:31:50

Ep. 37 - In Cold Blood & Helter Skelter: Suburban Dad True Crime

4/16/2019
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In this episode, Scott and Steve discuss the meaning and origins of the phrases, "In Cold Blood" & "Helter Skelter." But first, Steve has an idea for how they can tap into the True-Crime market and lure in "craft-beer guy" in the process. The guys also try and figure out the mystery of the broken glass at the pool, which nearly ruined a previous Memorial Day. All this and more, absolutely free. If you haven't already, go to speakcies.com for links to subscribe wherever you listen to...

Duration:00:51:04

Ep. 36 - Nincompoop & Knucklehead: How to Insult Your Friends

4/9/2019
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This episode starts with Steve recounting a time when he was shamed due to the lack of Boston in his music collection and a visit to a very progressive brewery. Then the guys take a few minutes to dust off some "Yo Momma" jokes in honor of the fat cat staying at Scott's house, which leads to a discussion of the words of the day: "Nincompoop" & "Knucklehead." Listen now to hear the origins of these insults and become even more equipped to insult your friends. Because that's what the world...

Duration:00:48:15

Ep. 35 - Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, Hold Your Horses & Horse Feathers: You Oughta Know

4/2/2019
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This episode starts with a deep-dive into the timely topic of what went down with Alanis Morissette and Uncle Jessie back in the day, which leads to a discussion of the recent troubles of other "Full House" alumni. We are then introduced to a Fieri-like figure, John Heywood, who is responsible for many idioms we still use today. Listen now to hear the guys discuss the majesty of Michael Landon's hair and stick around for the origins of a bunch of horse idioms.

Duration:00:46:51

Ep. 34 - Noob & Leeroy Jenkins: At Least I Have Chicken

3/26/2019
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In this episode Scott and Steve discuss the origins and stories behind the word "Noob" (or N00b, Newbie, Newb), but first they discuss the emotional roller coaster of playing Monopoly and an unexpected invitation to LARP. Later, Scott's kids drop by to explain some Fortnite and Roblox slang, which leaves the guys more confused than they were before. Lastly, Scott takes a methodical and very detailed approach to a term that came out of one of the first viral... "Leeeeeerooooy...

Duration:00:35:51

Ep. 33 - Dutch Courage & Going Dutch: Holland is Holland

3/19/2019
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The episode starts with the guy discussing the joys of brunch (but not in a "Sunday Funday" way), before Steve explains the differences between The Netherlands, Holland, and Dutch. Spoiler alert: Holland is Holland. Next up is the origins of the sayings, "Dutch Courage" and "Going Dutch." You'll also learn how one of these ties back to the "free lunches" of the prohibition era, why carrots are orange, and the many contributions of The Dutch throughout history. Listen now to hear how Scott...

Duration:00:40:17

Ep. 32 - Shenanigans & Hooligans: The Ballad of Chet Thug

3/12/2019
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This episode starts with the guys pondering the proper way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and whether the McRib is just as Irish as the Shamrock Shake. Next, the episode dives into the etymology and stories behind the Irish (or are they?) words, "Shenanigans" and "Hooligans." In this episode, you'll also hear about She-Nappers, Maidenhead-Jobbers, Chet Thug, and the poets that bind the whole episode together: Everlast and Danny Boy from House of Pain. Listen now to hear Steve rap, then go...

Duration:00:46:26

Ep. 31 - Pardon My French, Irish Goodbye & When in Rome: Don't Get Conquered

3/5/2019
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First of all, Scott and Steve love all of the countries mentioned in today's episode, and no offense is meant to any of them. The episode starts with Steve calling out Scott for ulterior motives for joining a gym and Steve retelling the story of an aggressive clarinet player with a love of Quiznos subs. Next it's time for all of the important history surrounding the sayings, "Pardon My French, Irish Goodbye and When in Rome." Enjoy this episode, and try not to get...

Duration:01:03:05

Ep. 30 - Hunky Dory & Harakiri: Ch-ch-changes

2/26/2019
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What do you think about when you hear, "South Africa?" Certainly, you thought "lions." No? Steve and Scott discuss that and body-changes that (hopefully) happen in middle school, before diving into the surprisingly controversial origins of the phrase "Hunky Dory." Next up is the ancient Japanese tradition of "Harakiri." Not to be confused with beloved Cubs' broadcaster Harry Caray, who was never officially committed. Listen now and remember, "don't do anything."

Duration:00:50:30

Ep. 29 - Jump on the Bandwagon, Ballyhoo & Kayfabe: Big Top Speakcies

2/19/2019
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This episode starts with Steve's revelation about a "one-night stand" with Hall and Oates and his memories of a previous, disappointing experience with them as well. Then, the guys discuss the origins of the phrase "Jump on the Bandwagon" and the words "Ballyhoo" and "Kayfabe." Listen now to learn about the mysterious Dan Rice, once America's most famous clown, whose photos will haunt your dreams forever. Now step right up and peek inside the tent for this week's Origin of SPEAKcies!

Duration:00:39:13

Ep. 28 - Don't Mess with Texas, All Hat and No Cattle & Not My First Rodeo: Deep in the Twitty

2/12/2019
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In the Season 2 premiere, Scott and Steve are talkin' Texas! Steve starts off by revealing his love of Conway Twitty, before telling the inspiring story of how "Don't Mess Texas" became a phrase that swept the nation. They also tackle the origins of "All Hat and No Cattle" and "Not My First Rodeo." Tune in now and go deep in the Twitty with Origin of SPEAKcies.

Duration:00:39:15

Season 2 Preview: Origin of Speakcies

2/5/2019
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Origin of Speakcies will be back next week with all new episodes! Subscribe now. Visit www.speakcies.com to find your preferred podcast provider. Watch out for bears.

Duration:00:01:39

Ep. 27 - In a Pickle & Salad Days

1/29/2019
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In the last episode of Season 1, the guys talk about the importance of having a good barber, the secret to having the "best haircut season" of your life, and being "haircut ghosted." Then they dive into the origins of two Shakespeare-related idioms, "In a Pickle" and "Salad Days." Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Season 1. Please subscribe and rate the podcast, or better yet, tell a friend!

Duration:00:30:41

Ep. 26 - Peeping Tom & Bob's Your Uncle

1/22/2019
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In their creepiest episode yet, Steve and Scott discuss the fact that no one wants to see anyone else's kids shine during "recital season," before jumping into the origins of "Peeping Tom & Bob's Your Uncle." Listen now to hear the guys discuss the awkwardness of Back to the Future and Steve's proclamation that we are all peeping Toms now. Only 2 episodes left in Season 1. Subscribe today so you don't miss a thing!

Duration:00:33:50

Ep. 25 - Dead as a Doornail & Beat around the Bush

1/15/2019
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This episode starts with Scott and Steve addressing the utterly-ridiculous, PETA list of animal-friendly idioms. Unsurprisingly, the guys are not fans. Next, they get into the meaning and origins of the idioms, "Dead as a Doornail" and "Beat around the Bush," before Scott admits a time when he was called out for being scared of bugs and Steve explains why you would never want him to help you move.

Duration:00:19:42