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Ep. 1 - Balls to the Wall and Pushing the Envelope

Origin of Speakcies

Release Date: 08/29/2018

Ep. 57 - Cocktail and Gin Up with Micah Lemon of The Alley Light and Eric Neff show art Ep. 57 - Cocktail and Gin Up with Micah Lemon of The Alley Light and Eric Neff

Origin of Speakcies

Micah Lemon, Bar Manager of Charlottesville's stand-out restaurant, The Alley Light, joins the show to explain the fascinating and surprising history of the terms, "Cocktail" and "Gin Up."

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Ep. 56 - A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned, Pretty Penny, and Penny Dreadful show art Ep. 56 - A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned, Pretty Penny, and Penny Dreadful

Origin of Speakcies

In this episode the guys discuss a startling, but apparently, commonly-known fact about koalas, which may make you re-think your trip to Australia.

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Ep. 55 - Halloween Special: Witch Hunt, Hell in a Handbasket, and Trick or Treat show art Ep. 55 - Halloween Special: Witch Hunt, Hell in a Handbasket, and Trick or Treat

Origin of Speakcies

The Speakcies Halloween episode is here! Listen now to hear the guys discuss the stories behind "Witch Hunt," "Hell in a Handbasket," and "Trick or Treat." But first, you'll hear about the latest unnecessarily sexy Halloween costumes for you not to Google.

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Ep. 54 - Dead as a Dodo, Swan Song, and Dead Cat Bounce show art Ep. 54 - Dead as a Dodo, Swan Song, and Dead Cat Bounce

Origin of Speakcies

In this episode, Steve and Scott recount their very different trips to South Carolina which include stories about a ripped paraplegic and a discount Double Deuce, before revealing the origins and stories behind selected dead-animal idioms.

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Ep. 53 - Blackmail, Black Sheep, Blackballed, and Black Swan show art Ep. 53 - Blackmail, Black Sheep, Blackballed, and Black Swan

Origin of Speakcies

This episode focuses on words and phrases that start with the word "black." Listen now to hear the fascinating origins of the term "Blackmail," and some historical examples which all seem to involve Dukes and courtesans.

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Ep. 52 - Birds and the Bees, Albatross around My Neck, and Suspension of Disbelief show art Ep. 52 - Birds and the Bees, Albatross around My Neck, and Suspension of Disbelief

Origin of Speakcies

In this episode of Origin of Speakcies, Steve continues to surprise Scott with his open mind, and this time yogurt is involved. Later the guys discuss three idioms that have their origins with Samuel Taylor Coleridge aka "STC."

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Ep. 51 - Great Scott and Scot-free show art Ep. 51 - Great Scott and Scot-free

Origin of Speakcies

In this episode, the guys discuss the Scot(t)-based idioms, "Great Scott" and "Scot-free."

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Ep. 50 - Diamond in the Rough, Draw a Line in the Sand, and Salt of the Earth show art Ep. 50 - Diamond in the Rough, Draw a Line in the Sand, and Salt of the Earth

Origin of Speakcies

It's Origin of Speakcies' 50th episode! Listen now to hear Steve's tribute to Rudy Ray Moore and his iconic character, Dolemite.

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Ep. 49 - The Big Apple, The Apple of My Eye, and Upset the Apple Cart show art Ep. 49 - The Big Apple, The Apple of My Eye, and Upset the Apple Cart

Origin of Speakcies

In this episode, Steve learns about trap music, Scott learns about Yung Gravy, and everyone is reminded that Barack Obama was not just the first black president, he was the first Hawaiian president.

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Ep. 48 - Call a Spade a Spade, Card Sharp, and Draw a Blank show art Ep. 48 - Call a Spade a Spade, Card Sharp, and Draw a Blank

Origin of Speakcies

Season 3 is here and the guys dive into the origins of card/gambling idioms, "Call a Spade a Spade," "Card Sharp" and "Draw a Blank, but first there are some questions to be answered, such as:

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More Episodes

In the pilot episode of Origin of SPEAKcies, Scott and Steve get acquainted in Scott's closet before diving into "Balls to the Wall" and "Pushing the Envelope." 

You can jump right to the idiom of your choice by skipping to...

Balls to the Wall: 1:02

Pushing the Envelope: 17:12