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A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language.

A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language.
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United States

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A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language.

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English


Episodes

19. Technology Words: Mice or Mouses?

1/17/2019
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the question of how to pluralize "computer mouse": is it mice or is it mouses? They also discuss the sometimes unexpected origins of other words related to modern technology, including software, blog, code, Bluetooth, computer, and file. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and...

Duration:00:25:06

18. Is a resolution the same as a promise?

1/8/2019
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the difference between promises and resolutions. They also discuss the origin and meaning of the song "Auld Lang Syne" and of the Swedish concept of the "year walk" called "Årsgång ." As stated in the episode, here are the lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne": Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. CHORUS For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne. We'll tak a cup o' kindness...

Duration:00:31:56

17. Interview Series: Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas?

1/2/2019
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave have the first of many discussions entitled the "Interview Series" wherein a guest comes to The Owlish Folk! For this episode, they have a guest discuss the negative and positive traditions of Christmas, as well as the significance of the liturgical calendar, Pagan origins, the Medieval and Victorian atmospheres during Christmas, and modern interpretations and symbolism. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please...

Duration:00:50:56

16. A Stocking Full of Christmas Words

12/21/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss some interesting words related to Christmas. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:15:25

15. How can one word have opposite meanings?

12/13/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the many different kinds of contronyms: words which have two opposite meanings. They discuss the three kinds of contronyms and give many examples. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:26:52

14. Are We Free to Boldly Split Infinitives?

11/30/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave have a dialogue about the controversy of splitting infinitives; is it acceptable, or is it a crime? Other grammar myths and common misused words and phrases are discussed. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous...

Duration:00:23:33

13. The Entire History of Q

11/16/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the history of the letter "Q." They also discuss why "Q" and "U" do, and do not, go together. As mentioned in the episode, here is the Greek letter koppa: Ϙ. More information about the Greek adoption of the Phoenecian alphabet can be found here: https://archive.is/20120628161421/http://www.tlg.uci.edu/~opoudjis/unicode/nonattic.html#selection-237.0-237.23 You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe...

Duration:00:28:57

12. A Bag of Curious Words

11/6/2018
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In this owlet, Amanda and Dave discuss words or terms coined by Shakespeare, Tolkien, Dawkins, Carroll, and others. Some words discussed are: attercop, tween, robot, chortle, yahoo, google, meme, and alligator. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a...

Duration:00:12:24

11. Halloween Movies

10/30/2018
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Happy Halloween! In this holiday episode, Amanda and Dave discuss Halloween movies and holiday-themed words that are associated with the titles. They also share their favorite Halloween movies! You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on...

Duration:00:19:44

10. Where New Words Come From: James Joyce and Quarks

10/25/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss where new words come from. They also discuss James Joyce and the words he created, as well as literary devices he utilized to create new words. As mentioned in the episode, here are where the portmanteau words appear in Joyce's Finnegans Wake: -unhappitents (FW 258.22) n. Sad or unhappy dwellers or inhabitants. -selfthought (FW 147.9) n. Instructed by one’s self or self-taught through one’s own study, thinking, or thought. -Absintheminded (FW 464.17)...

Duration:00:35:27

9. Myths, illness, and toilets

10/16/2018
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In this owlet, Amanda is off sick so Dave talks about some language myths concerning a nursery rhyme, vomit, and the toilet. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:17:49

8. Is Sunday really Sun-day?

10/7/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the origin of the days of the week. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:17:49

7. Why isn't October the eighth month of the calendar year?

9/19/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the origin of the months of the year. They also discuss the history of the calendar . You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:19:07

6. You and We

9/5/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the history and unusual usage of the pronouns "you" and "we". They also explain the use of "thee" and "thou" in Elizabethan and modern English. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!

Duration:00:18:00

5. Why do we capitalize "I"?

8/7/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss why the pronoun "I" is capitalized. They also discuss tidbits about typography, tittles and jots, and the origin of "uppercase" and "lowercase". You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theowlishfolk. If you enjoy the show, please give us a generous review on iTunes!...

Duration:00:21:33

4. Plural Names and Game

7/24/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the different ways animal names are pluralized. For example, we have a cow/some cows, a sheep/some sheep, a goose/some geese, and an ox/some oxen. They also discuss words that come from hunting and the link between haggard and falcons. You can contact the show with questions or comments at theowlishfolk@gmail.com. Please subscribe to the show via iTunes, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and...

Duration:00:19:18

3. Terms of Venery

7/10/2018
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In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the origin of animal group names. If you like the show, please subscribe. You can follow The Owlish Folk on Facebook and Twitter @theowlishfolk, or send us an email to theowlishfolk@gmail.com if you have questions or comments. If you are an English language learner (ESL/EFL), please email us any language questions you might have, and we'll do our best to reply, and perhaps discuss, your questions on the show.

Duration:00:14:50

2. Silent Letters

6/26/2018
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In this episode, we talk about why some English words have silent letters. We discuss the types of silent letters and where they come from. If you like the show, please subscribe! If you have questions or comments, contact us on Facebook @ The Owlish Folk, via Twitter @theowlishfolk, or email us at theowlishfolk@gmail.com.

Duration:00:37:46

1. Animals and Meat

6/12/2018
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In this episode, we talk about why meat doesn't always have the same name as the animal it comes from. You can subscribe to The Owlish Folk on Stitcher and other podcast conduits. Find us on Facebook at The Owlish Folk, and Twitter @theowlishfolk.

Duration:00:32:18