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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
10/11/2017 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...
05/29/2017 Episode 28: Scene Historically, the word "scene" has had close ties to the the...
05/15/2017 Episode 27: Comedy Today, "comedy" is a genre of entertainment that makes us laugh. ...
04/21/2017 Episode 26: Tragedy The word "tragedy" is rooted in Greek theater. It's a dramatic fo...
04/07/2017 Episode 25: Tyrant (Ft. Ryan Stitt from The History of Ancient Gr... The word "tyrant" is steeped in the political history of Ancient ...
03/25/2017 Episode 24 (Bonus Episode): Ethnic Suffixes (-an, -ian, -ean, -is... English uses many different suffixes to indicate ethnicities. Eac...
03/10/2017 Episode 23: Filibuster Today's episode looks at the evolution of the modern political se...
02/23/2017 Episode 22: Candidate Part two of the Words for granted politics-themed miniseries! In ...
02/12/2017 Episode 21: Inauguration The presidential inauguration is a tradition inherited from the A...
01/27/2017 Episode 20 (Bonus Episode): Letter C The letter C has split personalities. Sometimes it has a hard "K"...
01/15/2017 Episode 19: Tea There are two main etymological categories for "tea": t...
01/04/2017 Episode 18: Culture According to literary critic Raymond Williams, "culture" is "one ...
12/21/2016 Episode 17: Two The spelling of the word "two" is wildly un-phonetic. Today's epi...
12/10/2016 Episode 16: Cologne Men's perfume known as "cologne" takes its name from the German c...
11/26/2016 Episode 15: Sinister Today's episode explores the etymological and cultural connection...
10/11/2016 Episode 14 (Bonus Episode): Calqued Words "Calques" are loan translations. Basically, these are words or ph...
10/09/2016 Episode 13: Beg the Question What is the "true" meaning of the idiomatic expression "to beg th...
10/08/2016 Episode 12: Ostracize The word "ostracism" can be traced back to Ancient Athens. F...
10/08/2016 Episode 11: Amateur Amateurs get a bad name. The professional/amateur dichotomy portr...
09/13/2016 Episode 10: Handicap The etymology of "handicap" is the source of a myth that dat...
09/07/2016 Episode 9 (Bonus Episode): Mouse (and Why Its Plural Form Is "Mic... In today's episode, we look at the etymology of mouse, but really...
08/26/2016 Episode 8: Cellular The English language utilizes the word "cell" in a handful o...
08/14/2016 Episode 7: Digital Today's episode begins a short mini-series that explores the orig...


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