Allusionist 34: Continental

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I'm not usually one to yearn for the past, but today, trying to find a clear definition for what a continent is, I find myself thinking, "Pangaea. One single continent. That was a simpler time."

Plus: more 'please'. Following the previous episode, listeners from several continents have contributed their local experience of 'please' usage, in what eventually will surely be considered the definitive global study of human niceties. Also, Lynne Murphy and Rachele De Felice return to explain how 'thank you' is not necessarily an expression of gratitude.  

TL;DR: trust nothing.

READING MATTER:

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
rowel

CREDITS:

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Allusionist 14: Behave

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Sometimes words can become your worst enemy. Clinical psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist Dr Jane Gregory tells how to defuse their power.

NB: Today's show concerns mental health, and the discussion nudges some topics which may not be comfortable for everybody. So if you have concerns, please sit this episode out, and return in two weeks for the next one.

ADDITIONAL READING:

This episode was sponsored by Animoto. Visit animoto.com/words to try out their marvellously easy and swift video-making tools; and if you sign up for a pro account, you can get 15% off if you use the code WORDS. I've really been enjoying my first forays into video-making thanks to them; you can view this week's effort, a compilation of shudder-inducing portmanteau terms, here.

MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
virga

CREDITS:

I'll be back in a fortnight with a new episode. If you like this show, do tell someone about it. Not in a creepy pyramid scheme way; play it cool.

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.