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Words for Granted

Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses language--more specifically, individual words--as a way of making connections among history, culture, religion, and society.

Episodes:

Type Released Title Description
10/15/2018 Episode 57: Category In the court system of Ancient Athens, the kategoria was a formal...
10/01/2018 Episode 56: Apology The Modern English word "apology" derives from the Ancient Greek ...
09/12/2018 Episode 55: Sophisticated In Modern English, "sophistication" is a desirable characteristic...
09/02/2018 Episode 54: Philosophy In the pre-modern world, "philosophy" referred to all forms of in...
08/20/2018 Episode 53: They The pronoun "they" was borrowed into English from Old Norse. It's...
08/01/2018 Episode 52: Linguistic Subjectification (Very, Really, Literally,... Subjectification is a unique linguistic process by which a word e...
07/17/2018 Episode 51: The The word "the" is the sole definite article in the English langua...
07/06/2018 *Crossover Episode w/ Steve Guerra from The History of the Papacy... In this crossover episode, Steve and I discuss the linguistic inf...
06/30/2018 Episode 50: -ly (Adverbial Suffix) The -ly suffix is a contraction hiding in plain sight. It is cogn...
06/14/2018 Episode 49: To Be To be or not to be? Well, if you're conjugating the verb, you're ...
06/04/2018 Episode 48: History of English Grammar (General Overview) Grammar is one of the defining features of language. In today's e...
05/05/2018 Episode 47: Secular Today's episode serves as an "epilogue" to the series on Biblical...
04/24/2018 Episode 46: God (and His Biblical Names) The word "God" is not derived from the original Biblical texts. I...
04/01/2018 Episode 45: Hell In the Bible, the word "Hell" is a common English translation of ...
03/06/2018 Episode 44: Letter J The letter J is a direct descendent of the letter I. Based on the...
02/20/2018 Episode 43: Demon Greek gods. Dead, Golden Age heroes. Conscience. Guardian angel. ...
01/26/2018 Episode 42: Church On average, the word "church" appears in English bibles 115 times...
01/14/2018 Episode 41: Thou Up until Modern English, the English language distinguished betwe...
12/31/2017 Episode 40: Biblical Etymology (General Overview) Today's episode serves as an introduction to an extended series o...
12/15/2017 Episode 39: Eleven/Twelve When compared to the other numbers between ten and twenty, "eleve...
12/01/2017 Episode 38: Algebra/Algorithm The emergence of the words "algebra" and "algorithm" can be trace...
10/27/2017 Episode 37: Chemistry "Chemistry" as we know it is a rational science. However, both th...
10/11/2017 Episode 36: Serendipity Unlike most Arabic loanwords, the word "serendipity" was not borr...
09/24/2017 Episode 35 (Bonus Episode): Arabic Linguistics (Intro to Arabic L... Today's episode serves as an intro to a miniseries on the influen...
09/11/2017 Episode 34: Saturday/Sunday At last, the finale in the Words for Granted miniseries on the da...
08/19/2017 Episode 33: Thursday/Friday Part four of the Days of the Week miniseries! This time, we inves...
08/02/2017 Episode 32: Wednesday In Old English, the word for "Wednesday" was Wodnesdaeg, whi...
07/14/2017 Episode 31: Monday/Tuesday In today's episode, we begin our investigation of the indivi...
07/05/2017 Episode 30: Days of the Week (General Overview) The days of the week are part of the core vocabulary of any langu...
06/13/2017 Episode 29 (Bonus Episode): How Does a Single Root Word Produce S... In today's episode, we look at the evolution of a single Latin ve...


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