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What's in a Name? The Soul of an Animal

7/8/2017
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In a pivotal scene in David Lynch’s film, The Elephant Man, the main character turns on those who are cruelly taunting him and declares “I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man.” The crowd disperses. Ever since the first time I saw this movie, I’ve had the same reaction. As a sympathetic viewer, I’m relieved that Merrick decries his abusers, but in making a claim for the dignity he deserves as a man, the implication is that the abuse would be acceptable...

Duration: 00:37:26


Geographical Place Names with Animal Origins

6/26/2017
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If I asked you to name some cities and countries named after animals, how many could you come up with? You might think of obvious ones, such as Buffalo NY; Beaver, UY; White Horse, NJ; or Eagle River in Ontario; or Weston-Under-Lizard near Birmingham in the UK. But what about cities and countries around the world whose animal origins are much less apparent? Join me today as we explore our connection with animals through geographical locations inspired by animals. Supporters make this...

Duration: 00:33:08


Piggyback: Animal Words with No Animal Origins

5/28/2017
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"Piggyback" has nothing to do with pigs! In fact, there are many seemingly animal-related words and phrases in the English language that have nothing to do with animals at all! In today’s episode, I offer up the backstory to words such as piggyback, monkey wrench, round robin, and spelling bee. Thanks to listener supporters who receive transcripts of every episode.

Duration: 00:32:14


Animals in Our Bones: Anatomy Terms from Animals

5/21/2017
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By now you would have listened to the Animalogy episodes about the words muscle, coccyx, and tragus — all parts of our body. All words from animals. Today, we have an entire episode on a number of other terms for parts of our anatomy that have animals hiding within. These and many more reflect how deeply rooted animals are in our consciousness, in our history, in our lives — and deep in our animal bones. Thank you, listeners and supporters! Supporters receive transcripts of each and every...

Duration: 00:24:24


Vegetarians Eat Meat: The History and Future of the Word

5/7/2017
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The word meat goes back at least as far as 731 AD, but it didn't mean then what it does today. Its meaning was much broader. Understanding the history and evolution of the word can go a long way in normalizing plant-based meats and eschewing the derogatory qualifiers: “fake,” “faux,” “alternative,” “imitation,” “mock,” “replacement,” “analog,” or “substitute." Words matter.

Duration: 00:17:49


Animal Characteristics in Word Histories: Who They Are in What We Say

4/16/2017
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Whereas the word veal in English simply means “flesh of a calf” and pork in English means “flesh of a pig used as food,” hidden in many of the Anglo-Saxon/Old English and Proto-Indo-European words for the living animals are clues about the physical, behavioral, or vocal characteristics of the living animals, reflecting a tendency to name animals based on typical attributes or activities. Supporters receive written transcripts of each podcast episode. Visit AnimalogyPodcast.com for more.

Duration: 00:27:08


Old English Pigs and Old French Pork: The Linguistic Cleaving of Animals

4/10/2017
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Roughly 10,000 new words entered the English language during the Norman occupation and assimilation, particularly those having to do with the world of the ruling class. The effects of the linguistic class division are most apparent in the culinary realm, where words used by the aristocracy have French origins and words used by the commoners have Germanic origins. This is evident even today in the way we talk about certain animals, particularly those typically eaten by Westerners, with...

Duration: 00:33:30


No Critters Harmed: Colors Inspired by Living Animals

4/2/2017
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In a previous episode on words for different colors, an episode called Ingrained: A Crush of Color, I talked about the names we have for colors based on animals who have been crushed to create the color or from whom we've extracted their secretions to create colors or pigments. Today, we talk about the names for colors whose histories are a lot easier on animals, because they're inspired by the colors of living animals. Thank you for listening to and supporting Animalogy Podcast.

Duration: 00:22:31


How Animals Disappear in Our Language (with Carol Adams)

3/26/2017
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“Language doesn’t merely have the effect of dehumanizing; it deanimates. It objectifies.” Those are the words of today’s guest: my friend and colleague Carol J. Adams, whose life’s work spans across many disciplines, as you’ll hear, including etymology, linguistics, feminism, and animal advocacy. Our conversation today wends through those parallel and converging paths as we explore where the animals go when we eat meat, how the word meat has changed over the centuries, the effect of “zero...

Duration: 01:02:48


Ingrained: A Crush of Color

3/18/2017
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When something is ingrained, it’s "deeply rooted" or "firmly fixed," pertaining to qualities, dispositions, or habits. This figurative use of the word ingrain came into English in the 1850s, but its original sense is from the 1300s and had to do with the dried and pulverized insects used to make a color. In this episode, I share all the colors whose names come from the animals whose bodies we crushed or from whom we extracted secretions to make dyes, colors, and pigments.

Duration: 00:18:02


Toady: Lick My Boots and Curry My Favor

3/11/2017
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A toady is a person who flatters and ingratiates himself or herself to another person in a servile way; a toady is a sycophant, a flatterer, especially someone who does distasteful or unprincipled things in order to gain favor. Celebrities and politicians are often accused of toadeating, and toadeating is exactly how we get the name of someone who kowtows. Pay close attention to this episode, as several animalogies are hiding within. Submit them here to curry my favor.

Duration: 00:08:53


Who Owns the Word "Milk"?

3/4/2017
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For years, the dairy industry has been trying to make it illegal for nondairy milk companies to use the word “milk," asserting that the word “milk” should be used to refer only to the lacteal secretions of cows. Today, I'm joined by Michele Simon, public health lawyer and director of the first trade group to represent plant-based foods companies, to talk about the legal definitions of milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, and yogurt as they pertain to food labeling and what the dairy industry...

Duration: 00:40:46


Animals in the Alphabet

2/24/2017
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Animalogy is all about the animal-related words and phrases in the English language, but did you know there are animals in the very letters that make up our words? If I haven’t blown your mind yet, check out this episode to learn more about this fascinating history. Thank you for listening to, sharing, and supporting Animalogy!

Duration: 00:34:22


Tragedy: A Goat's Lament

2/18/2017
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Tragedy n. "goat song" Named for the dramatic plays of the ancient Greeks, characterized by a protagonist whose flaw or error in judgment leads to a series of events that cause his downfall. How it relates to goats, you'll have to listen. You'll also discover yet another bit of our anatomy named after an animal (in this case a goat) and another Greek word for goat, aig, which gives us even more English words. Without being under the aegis of this episode, you might otherwise be tempted to...

Duration: 00:16:26


The Semantics of Meat (with Paul Shapiro)

2/11/2017
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Semantics play a significant role in shaping public perception about animals and animal welfare. The meat, dairy, and egg industries go to great lengths to remove harsh terminology and replace it with euphemisms that conceal the truth and sanitize violence. In today’s episode, I talk to someone who knows this all too well: Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Policy at The Humane Society of the United States. Join us as we discuss euphemisms and doublespeak used by animal agriculture and the...

Duration: 00:45:14


Don't Get My Goat - I'm Not Kidding

2/4/2017
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In this episode of Animalogy, we explore the goat-related words and expressions in our everyday language — particularly those formed by the Old English words goat, buck, and kid (such as butcher, "kidding around," and goatee). You’re going to love it. I kid you not. (Get it?) Thank you to the listeners who subscribe, share, and support ANIMALOGY, changing the way we talk and think about animals.

Duration: 00:30:55


Falconry: Fed Up and Looking Haggard

1/28/2017
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The practice of hunting wild birds with trained birds -- for fun is called falconry. Though it came into its own almost 1,000 years ago in England after the Norman invasion, it continues to have a stronghold in our contemporary English language. I hope I can lure you to join me today as I share all of the words and expressions that come from this blood sport and to hear about the time *I* was roused to try my hand at falconry and why I turned tail by the end of it. Thank you to listeners,...

Duration: 00:31:41


Muscle: Flex Your Mouse

1/22/2017
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Roll up your sleeve past your bicep, flex your arm at the elbow, and squeeze — or contract — your bicep muscle. Take a look at it. Now, relax it -- keep looking at it, and contract again. Squeeze. And relax. What do you see? Movement, right? Do you see an animal? Well, some anatomist did when the word muscle was coined. Subscribe to, support, and share AnimalogyPodcast.com

Duration: 00:09:32


Eating Crow? Try Eating Humble Pie, Instead.

1/17/2017
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If you’ve made a serious faux pas and need to acknowledge it with humility, you might be said to be “eating crow” or “eating humble pie,” both phrases of which involve animals — or do they? We’ll uncover the dirty little secret underneath the pastry dough in “to eat humble pie” but explain why you want to eat humble pie (or dirt) instead of crows. Support Animalogy at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau or at AnimalogyPodcast.com.

Duration: 00:18:42


Zodiac: A Circle of Animals — Literally

1/12/2017
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Of the 88 constellations officially recognized by Western astronomy, 40 of them are named after animals — 43 if you count the mythical animals. We’re going to talk about 12 of them today — the 12 that make up the zodiac from Western astrology — ALL of which contain animals. After all, the word zodiac is Greek for “circle of little animals.” Thanks for supporting Animalogy at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

Duration: 00:49:16

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