Etymology (WORD ORIGINS) with Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast

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The brilliant and dazzling Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist podcast and person who technically for a living researches the origins of language and thus is an etymologist, visits Alie's apartment to chat about various word origins, gender in language, the Bible a.k.aThe Oxford English Dictionary, origins of the filthiest slang, emoji decoding, mediocrity, step parents, babies wearing glasses, Greek kimonos, the romance of languages and the fundamental truth that languages is always changing whether you want it to or not. Also tomatoes, pliable boobs, avocados, and fish trails.

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Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Links which you may find of use:


Etymology of tomahtoh 

“Professor and the Madman” book

Step parents on The Allusionist

Origin of pizazz

Pizazz pizza

OED added words in 2018


Lacuna. Inc. will clean your brain

Flim-flam about the neighbours

Calm down, Noah

Mmmmm, herrings

Alie Ward