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Podcasts about languages and words

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Podcasts about languages and words

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Episodes

Omniglot News (27/11/22)

11/27/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Aneityum (Anejom̃), a Southern Oceanic language spoken on Aneityum Island in Tafea Province in the south of Vanuatu. Kokota (Ooe Kokota), a Western Oceanic language spoken on Santa Isabel Island in Isabel Province in the Solomon Islands. Nobonob, a Madang […]

Duration:00:03:00

Adventures in Etymology – Quiver

11/26/2022
In this Adventure we investigate the origins of the word quiver. A quiver [ˈkwɪvə / ˈkwɪvɚ] is: A portable case for holding arrows A collection or store To quiver means: To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement To tremble, as from cold or strong emotion. Quiver as an adjective means: fast, speedy, rapid energetic, […]

Duration:00:02:18

Celtic Pathways – Flowers

11/26/2022
In this episode we’re look into words for flowers and related things. In Proto-Celtic, the word *blātus meant flower of blossom. It comes from the Proto-Indo-European root *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower) [source]. Descendents in the modern Celtic languages include: bláth [bˠl̪ˠɑː/bˠl̪ˠaː] = blossom, flower; bloom, beauty, prime; prosperity or abundance in Irish blàth [bl̪ˠaː] = bloom, […]

Duration:00:02:46

Omniglot News (20/11/22)

11/20/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Taiwanese Hakka (Thòi-vân Hak-fa), a group of Hakka dialects spoken in Taiwan. Samogitian (žemaitiu kalba), an Eastern Baltic language spoken in the Samogitia region in the west of Lithuania. Ughele, an Oceanic language spoken on Rendova Island, one of the […]

Celtic Pathways – Mutton

11/19/2022
In this episode we’re rounding up some words for mutton, sheep and related things. In Proto-Celtic, the word *moltos meant a ram or wether (castrated ram). It possibly comes from the Proto-Indo-European word *(h₂)moldus (crooked) [source]. Descendents in the modern Celtic languages include: molt = wether, sulky, morose person in Irish molt [mul̪ˠt̪ˠ] = wether […]

Duration:00:02:11

Adventures in Etymology – Nonchalant

11/19/2022
In this Adventure we’re calmly looking into the origins of the word nonchalant. Nonchalant [ˈnɒn.ʃəl.ənt / ˌnɑn.ʃəˈlɑnt] means: casually calm and relaxed indifferent, unconcerned, behaving as if detached It comes from the French nonchalant (indolent, cool, relaxed) from the Old French nonchaloir (to have no importance, indifference), from non- (not) and chaloir (to heat, bother, […]

Duration:00:01:57

Adventures in Etymology – Befuddle

11/13/2022
In this Adventure in Etymology we are getting perplexed and confused by the origins of the word befuddle. Befuddle [bɪˈfʌdl] means: to perplex or confuse (sb) to stupefy (sb), especially with alcohol It comes from be- (a prefix) and fuddle (to confuse, intoxicate, get drunk; intoxication, a muddle or confusion) [source], possibly from the Low […]

Duration:00:01:59

Celtic Pathways – Crooked and Twisted

11/12/2022
In this episode we’re looking at some crooked and twisted words. In Proto-Celtic, the word *kambos meant twisted, crooked or bent. It comes from the Proto-Indo-European word *kh₂em- (to arch, bend, curve), from *(s)ḱh₂embos (crooked) [source]. Descendents in the modern Celtic languages include: cam [kaumˠ] = bend, bent, crooked, crookedness, fraud; to bend, crook, distort […]

Omniglot News (06/11/22)

11/6/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Big Numbas (V’ënen Taut), an Oceanic language spoken in the Big Numbas region in the northwest of Malekula Island in Malampa Province of Vanuatu. Neverver, a Southern Oceanic language spoken on Malekula Island in Malampa Province of Vanuatu. Tamambo (Tamabo), […]

Adventures in Etymology – Rubble

11/6/2022
There’s some building work going on at my house, so in this Adventure we’re digging into the origins of the word rubble. Rubble [ˈɹʌb.əl] is: the broken remains of an object, usually rock or masonry rough, irregular stones broken from larger masses, esp. waste fragments from the demolition of a building, etc. It comes from […]

Celtic Pathways – A Slew of Slogans

11/5/2022
In this episode we’re looking into the Celtic roots of the words slogan and slew. In English the word slogan means a distinctive phrase of a person or group of people, a motto, a catchphrase, and formerly, a battle cry used by the Irish or by Scottish highlanders [source]. In the past it was written […]

Omniglot News (30/10/22)

10/30/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Batak Angkola, a Southern Batak language spoken in the province of North Sumatra in Indonesia Batak Dairi (Kata Pakpak), a Northern Batak language spoken in the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra in Indonesia. Batak Karo (cakap Karo), a Northern […]

Adventures in Etymology – Hallow

10/29/2022
As it’s near the end of October, in this Adventure in Etymology we’re investigating the origins of the word hallow, as in Halloween. Hallow [ˈhæləʊ / ˈhæloʊ] is an old word that means: A saint; a holy person; an apostle. (plural) The relics or shrines of saints or non-Christian gods. It comes from the Middle […]

Celtic Pathways – Clan

10/29/2022
In this episode we’re looking a the word clan and related things in Celtic languages. The word clan in English means a group of people descended from a common ancestor, a traditional social group of families in the Scottish Highlands having a common hereditary chieftain, or any group defined by family ties with some sort […]

Omniglot News (23/10/22)

10/23/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Wapishana (Wapixana), a Northern Arawakan language spoken in Guyana and Brazil. Ketengban, an Eastern Mek language spoken in Highland Papua Province in Indonesia. New constructed script: High Gavellian, which was created in 2020 by the developers of the Minecraft MMORPG […]

Adventures in Etymology – Spell

10/22/2022
Today we’re telling tales about the origins of the word spell. Spell [spɛl] means: Words or a formula supposed to have magical powers. A magical effect or influence induced by an incantation or formula To put under the influence of a spell, to affect by a spell, to bewitch, fascinate, charm Spell used to mean […]

Celtic Pathways – Sacks

10/22/2022
In this episode we are looking into the origins of words for sacks, bags and bellys in Celtic languages. The Proto-Celtic word *bolgos means sack, bag or stomach. It comes from the Proto-Indo-European *bʰólǵʰ-o-s (skin bag, bolster), from *bʰelǵʰ- (to swell) [source]. Descendants in the Celtic languages include: bolg [ˈbˠɔlˠəɡ] = belly, stomach, abdomen; bag; […]

Omniglot News (16/10/22)

10/16/2022
Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot. There are new language pages about: Löyöp, an Oceanic language spoken in the east of Ureparapara Island in northern Vanuatu. Lehali (Loli), an Oceanic language spoken in the west of Ureparapara Island in northern Vanuatu. Mao (Emela), an Angami-Pochuri language spoken in Manipur and Nagaland the […]

Adventures in Etymology – Jelly

10/15/2022
Today we are uncovering the origins of the word jelly. Jelly [ˈd͡ʒɛl.i] is: a dessert made by boiling gelatin(e), sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set (In the UK, Australia and NZ) – known as jello in North America (see below) A clear or translucent fruit preserve, made from […]

Celtic Pathways – Step

10/15/2022
In this episode we are tracking the origins of the word step. The Proto-Celtic word for step is *kanxsman. It comes from the Proto-Celtic *kengeti (to step), from the Proto-Indo-European *(s)keng- (to limp, walk lamely) [source]. Descendants in the Celtic languages include: céim [ceːmʲ] = step, degree, rank, pass, ravine, difficulty in Irish ceum [kʲeːm] […]