Roman Mars returns for our annual dose of eponyms - words that derive from people's names.
This year: explosive revelations about the origins of the word 'guy'. How come the Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes's first name ended up becoming another term for dude/bloke/chap? Historian Dr Victoria Buckley guides us through the turmoil of Tudor and Jacobean history.
CONTENT NOTE: the episode contains a description of torture and execution.
- Listen to the previous eponymisodes about disease names and ballpoint pens for a fuller picture of Roman Mars's eponym adoration. And come along to our eponym-themed live show 99% Allusional if we're ever playing in your town!
- An interesting dissection of 'guy'. Remember: if you have strong opinions about its use, here is your mission.
- We were trying to cram a lot of very complicated history into a short amount of time in this episode. Read more about the circumstances surrounding the Gunpowder Plot.
- Guy Fawkes's confession.
- Ten things about Bonfire Night you probably didn't know.
- The town of Lewes really goes for it on Bonfire Night. Prepare yourself for your visit, and take a look at some of Lewes's topical guys from the past few years.
- The artist who designed those Guy Fawkes masks from V for Vendetta, and how they are manufactured.
- Alan Moore was really not keen on the film adaptation of his graphic novel V for Vendetta.
- Fill in your Jersey Shore vocabulary.
- The transcript of this episode can be found at theallusionist.org/transcripts/guy.
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YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- Dr Victoria Buckey is a historian, specialising in early 17th century England. There's a lot to read about the period on her website shakespearesengland.co.uk, and in 2018 she releases the book Shakespeare, Kings and Players. She's @daintyballerina on Twitter.
- Roman Mars is the champion behind Radiotopia and the podcasts 99% Invisible and What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law. Tweet him @romanmars.
- Here's the recent 99% Invisible episode about emoji and here's the less recent Allusionist episode about emoji.
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman, with Sarah Geis. The music is by Martin Austwick. Thanks to Greg Jenner.
- Find me at facebook.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/allusionistshow, twitter.com/helenzaltzman and instagram.com/helenzaltzman.