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Podcasts about languages and words

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Episodes

Omniglot News (25/02/24)

2/25/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Kwaio, a Southeast Solomonic language spoken on Malaita Island in Malaita Province of the Solomon Islands. Gela (Nggela), a Southeast Solomonic language spoken in the Nggela (Florida) Islands in the Central Province of the Solomon Islands. Arosi, a Southeast Solomonic […]

Duration:00:02:34

Adventures in Etymology – Guide

2/24/2024
In this Adventure in Etymology we’re looking into the origins of the word guide. Guide [ɡaɪd] means: Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation, or to lead them through dangerous terrain. A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook. It […]

Duration:00:01:34

Omniglot News (18/02/24)

2/18/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Mono-Alu, a Northwest Solomonic language spoken on Mono, Alu and Fauro islands in the Solomon Islands. Marovo, a Northwest Solomonic language spoken mainly in Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands. Nduke, a Northwest Solomonic language spoken on Kolombangara Island in […]

Duration:00:02:28

Celtic Pathways – Needles and Scythes

2/17/2024
In this episode we discover Romance scythes in a stack of Celtic pins and needles. The Proto-Celtic word *delgos means pin or needle. It comes from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelg- (sting) [source]. Related words in the modern Celtic languages include: dealg [ˈdʲal̪ˠəɡ] = thorn, prickle, spine, spike, pin, peg or brooch in Irish dealg [dʲal̪ˠag] = pin, […]

Duration:00:02:10

Omniglot News (11/02/24)

2/11/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Iranun, a Danao language spoken mainly in the southwest of Mindanao island in the south of the Philippines. Onhan (Inonhan​), a Western Bisayan language spoken mainly in the Province of Romblon in the Mimaropa region of the Philippines. Southern Sorsogon, […]

Duration:00:02:17

Adventures in Etymology – Quagmire

2/10/2024
In this Adventure in Etymology we’re looking into the origins of the word quagmire. A quagmire [ˈkwɒɡ.maɪər/ˈkwæɡ.maɪr] is: A swampy, soggy area of ground. A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle. To embroil (a person, etc.) in complexity or difficulty. The quag part is an obsolete English word meaning quagmire, marsh or […]

Duration:00:01:39

Omniglot News (04/02/24)

2/4/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Nishi (Nyishi / न्यिसि), a Western Tani language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in northeastern India. Khengkha (ཁེངས་​ཁ་​), an Eastern Bodish language spoken in southern Bhutan. Jumli (जुम्ली खस), an Eastern Pahari language spoken mainly in Karnali Province in […]

Duration:00:02:25

Celtic Pathways – Swampy Cauldrons

2/3/2024
In this episode we discover Celtic roots of the name Paris. Paris is the capital of France and the centre of the Île-de-France or Paris Region. From about 250 BC, the area, particularly the Île de la Cité (see above), an island on the River Seine, was home to the Parisioi, part of the Gaulish […]

Duration:00:02:50

Omniglot News (28/01/24)

1/28/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Bahing (बायुङ्), a Western Kiranti language spoken in the west of Koshi Province in eastern Nepal. Jirel (ཇི་རེ་ལ་ / जिरेल), a Southern Tibetic language spoken mainly in Bagmati Province in eastern Nepal. Kahua (Anganiwai), a Southeast Solomonic language spoken on […]

Duration:00:02:49

Adventures in Etymology – Storm

1/27/2024
In this Adventure in Etymology we’re stirring up the origins of the word storm, as it’s been quite stormful (abounding in storms, stormy) here in the UK recently. A storm [stɔːm/stɔɹm] is: an extreme weather condition with very strong wind, heavy rain, and often thunder and lightning A heavy expulsion or fall of things A […]

Duration:00:01:37

Omniglot News (21/01/24)

1/21/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Kagate / Syuba (स्युबा), a Tibetic language spoken in Bagmati Province in eastern Nepal. Chaná (Lanték Yañá), a Charruan language spoken in Argentina. Chocha Ngacha (ཁྱོད་ཅ་ང་ཅ་ཁ་), a Tibetic language spoken in eastern Bhutan. New constructed script: Sonos, an alternative phonetically-based […]

Duration:00:02:29

Celtic Pathways – Soft Bogs

1/20/2024
In this episode we discover the soft and tender Celtic roots of the word bog. A bog is an area of decayed vegetation which forms a wet spongy ground too soft for walking on, and comes from Middle English bog (swamp, morass), from Irish / Scottish Gaelic bog (soft, tender, marshy, boggy), from Old Irish […]

Duration:00:02:14

Omniglot News (14/01/24)

1/14/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Darmiya (Dar’ma), a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Sengele (kɛsɛ́ngɛlɛ), a Bantu language spoken in southwest of the Democratic Repubic of the Congo. Mongo (Lɔmɔ́ngɔ), a Bantu language spoken in northwest of the Democratic […]

Duration:00:02:17

Adventures in Etymology – Procrastination

1/13/2024
In this Adventure in Etymology we’re looking into the origins of the word procrastination, unless I start procrastinating, as often happens. Procrastination [pɹəʊˌkɹæs.tɪˈneɪ.ʃən] is: The act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially habitually or intentionally. It comes from Middle French procrastination, from Latin prōcrāstinātiō (procrastination), from prōcrāstinō (to procrastinate), from prō (for, before) and […]

Duration:00:01:42

Omniglot News (07/01/24)

1/7/2024
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. New adapated script: Penobscot Syllabics (ᑆᕋᕚᓂᐤᑄᐤᓯᐤᔨᕕ), which a way, devised by Connor Flood, to use Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics to write Penobscot, an Eastern Abenaki language that was spoken in Maine in the USA until the 1990s and which is being revived. There are new language pages […]

Duration:00:02:53

Celtic Pathways – Barnacle Geese

1/6/2024
In this episode we discover the Celtic roots of words like barnacle. The Proto-Celtic word *barinākos means barnacle or limpet It comes from the Proto-Celtic *barinā (rocky ground), and *-ākos (involved with, belonging to) [source]. Related words in the modern Celtic languages include: bairneach [ˈbˠɑːɾˠn̠ʲəx] = limpet in Irish bàirneach [baːr̪ˠn̪ʲəx] = barnacle or limpet […]

Duration:00:01:43

Omniglot News (31/12/23)

12/31/2023
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Choni (ཅོ་ནེ་), a Tibetic language spoken Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the southeast of Gansu Province in western China. Kenswei Nsei (Kənswey Nsey), a South Ring Grassfields language spoken in the North West Region of Cameroon. Vendo (gháŋ vəŋóo), a […]

Duration:00:02:18

Adventures in Etymology – Lagniappe

12/30/2023
In this adventure, we’re looking into the origins of the word lagniappe. A lagniappe [lænˈjæp] is: An extra or unexpected gift or benefit, such as that given to customers when they purchase something (mainly used in Louisiana & Mississippi, USA, and in Trinidad and Tobago) By the way, lagniappe is also written lagnappe, lanyap or […]

Duration:00:01:14

Omnigot News (24/12/23)

12/24/2023
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: North Teke (Latege), a Bantu language spoken mainly in the southeast of Gabon, and also in the east of The Republic of the Congo. Benga, a Bantu language spoken in southwestern Equatorial Guinea and northwestern Gabon. Bamunka (Ŋgieməkɔʼkə), a Central […]

Duration:00:02:22

Celtic Pathways – Badgered Brochures

12/23/2023
In this episode, we unfold the possible Celtic roots of the word brochure, and find out what it has to do with badgers. The word brochure comes from French brochure (brocade, needlework, brochure, booklet), from brocher (to stitch, sew, brocade), from Old French brochier (to jab, prod), from broche (brooch, pin), from Vulgar Latin brocca, […]

Duration:00:02:01