What's in a Name?
Word nerds Anna and James learn why we call things what we call them, then try to educate one another while you listen in.
info_outline Crabcast - Episode 389 (April 1st 2021) 04/01/2021
Crabcast - Episode 389 (April 1st 2021) Crabcast - Episode 389 April 1st 2021 Opening Music: Deep And Dirty by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5045-deep-and-dirty License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Cover Art Crab photo by Fiatlux Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fiatlux/12687848894/ License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
info_outline Episode 10 - The Original Nymphomaniac (Greek Names) 01/28/2021
Episode 10 - The Original Nymphomaniac (Greek Names) Back for a second season (ahem) of etymological excitement, James and Anna have been playing Hades and that's why this month's episode digs into Greek myths to discover everything there is to know about the universal antidote, tricking your way out of the underworld and being given a permanent but useless erection because someone else chose the wrong winner in a beauty contest.
info_outline Episode 9 - After Judge Dredd, Before Star Trek (Architecture) 06/14/2020
Episode 9 - After Judge Dredd, Before Star Trek (Architecture) It's time to get technical as James and Anna look at the language of architecture. What has brutalism got to do with being smart? What distinguishes a gargoyle from a grotesque? Can James correctly answer ten questions about castles with no preparation? And will Anna let James coin a new Greek/Latin monstrosity without making a big deal of it?
info_outline Episode 8 - The Gentleman's Game (Sports) 05/08/2020
Episode 8 - The Gentleman's Game (Sports) This week Anna and James use their mutual love of sport (and more specifically, the not playing of it) as a springboard for their etymological enquiries. What does boxing have to do with boxes? What has fencing got to do with fences? And what has snooker got to do with snooks? Discover the answers to these questions and more on this episode.
info_outline Episode 7 - A Punk Version of Monopoly (Board Games) 04/17/2020
Episode 7 - A Punk Version of Monopoly (Board Games) Yahtzee! And indeed, chess. That's right, in this episode we investigate the origins of the oldest game. No, not that one, board games only. Anna digs into exactly why it is that Monopoly is so dull, James finds out what mahjong has to do with sparrows, and later on we propose a change the name of Scrabble that would, at least, make it easier to score higher with.
info_outline Episode 6 - Beethoven Cinematic Universe (Dog Breeds) 04/03/2020
Episode 6 - Beethoven Cinematic Universe (Dog Breeds) What's up, dog? Anna, James and special guest Katie investigate the strange world of dog breeds. Who was St. Bernard? What have puppies got to do with butterflies? And can we possibly track down the person who named the Olde English Bull Dogge and give them a stern talking to?
info_outline Episode 5 - Treesles (Diseases) 03/20/2020
Episode 5 - Treesles (Diseases) It's a social isolation special as, in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic, we take a look at the etymology of disease names. That's right, we're redefining the concept of being a social media influenza, unpicking what COVID-19 really means, and talking too much about things... flowing.
info_outline Episode 4 - Of from gold (Cities) 03/13/2020
Episode 4 - Of from gold (Cities) In which we take a tour of the great cities of the world. And Coventry. We learn how close New York came to NOT being the Big Apple, why Paris is literally a melting pot, and then visit the fictional cities of Tolkien, CS Lewis, Milton, and the Mysterious Cities of Gold. Well, it can't all be highbrow.
info_outline Episode 3 - Milkshakes are a Vegetable (Herbs) 02/28/2020
Episode 3 - Milkshakes are a Vegetable (Herbs) In which we pick some herbs (metaphorically speaking) and ask: Are YOU going to Scarborough Fair? And do you wanna score some aromatic weeds on the way? Plus, why vanilla is not at all vanilla, and why milkshakes are incontestably a vegetable.
info_outline Episode 2 - A Secret Cabal of Farmers (Months) 02/21/2020
Episode 2 - A Secret Cabal of Farmers (Months) In which we look at the calendar and ask: just what sort of racket is Big Diary perpetrating with this nonsense? James tries (and fails) to explain what April means, while Anna digs into etymology of 'a fortnite' with... can we say surprising results? Oh, apparently we cannot.
info_outline Episode 1 - Sad Clam Erasure (Emotions) 02/12/2020
Episode 1 - Sad Clam Erasure (Emotions) In which we tackle the simple subject of emotions, asking: how are you feeling, and why do you say that? But not in a Sigmund Freud way. Meanwhile, James has learned exactly what it is that makes clams happy, while Anna tells us how it feels when things are going TOO well.