Allusionist 101. Two Or More

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Oysters, fragrances, canoeing, space stations, God, hats, and of course people - the word ‘bisexual’ has described a great deal of different things, with different meanings, in its fairly short existence. And that whole time, it has had a pretty bumpy ride.

Mark Wilkinson studied 70 years of Times newspapers to trace how the British mainstream press used the term.

This was an episode that could have turned into ten episodes (‘urning’ alone could have been one!). There’s an awful lot more to say about this word, particularly in how it is used now. Meanwhile, I’d recommend listening to last year’s Allusionist episode about the word ‘queer’, as there’s a lot of thematic overlap there.

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The Allusionist live tour of Australia is almost over; next, we’ll be performing No Title at the London Podcast Festival in September. Gig listings and ticket links are at theallusionist.org/events.

YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:

utricle

randomly selected word from the dictionary today: utricle

CREDITS:

- HZ

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