Allusionist 84. Trammels

Why would you write books or poems or plays with only one vowel? Or in palindromes? Or only using the example sentences in dictionaries? Sometimes you need to force yourself to jump a few hurdles (and perhaps the rest of the obstacle course) before your creativity will be unleashed.

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Allusionist 16: Word Play

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Words are all over the place. So how do you turn them into fun games? Here to show the way is Leslie Scott, founder of Oxford Games and inventor of more than forty games - including word games such as Ex Libris, Anagram and Flummoxed, and the non-word game Jenga.

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I'll be back in a fortnight. Stay fun in the meantime.

- HZ

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Allusionist 11: Brunchtime

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Brunch. What does it actually mean?

Yeah yeah, it's breakfast + lunch, but in function or in form? And what does it have to do with Lewis Carroll?

I chewed this over during brunch with Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast The Sporkful and author of Eat More Better. Fall down the rabbit hole of brunch semantics with us.

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Next episode will appear in a fortnight. Don't stay awake the whole time until then just to game the word 'breakfast'. You'll only be spiting yourself.

- HZ

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Me and Dan in the Square Diner, post-porklift.

Me and Dan in the Square Diner, post-porklift.

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Allusionist 10: Election Lexicon

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On the eve of the 2015 General Election in the UK, join me for a jaunt through the etymology of election-related words.

Find out why casting a vote should be more like basketball, how debating could descend into fisticuffs, and why polling is hairy.

FURTHER READING:

  • Producer Matt and I went out in a high wind with a megaphone to record at the place for shouting about politics through a megaphone: Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. Here's a brief history of Speakers' Corner, where people have been blowing high wind through megaphones for more than a century.
  • For those who insist upon continuing to do their campaigning indoors, here's a potted history of lobbying in the US.
  • I only briefly mentioned the origins of the Tories' name: it has a very knotty history. Read more about that here.
  • Swingometer fans! Thanks to the BBC, here're some archive videos and pictures of swingometers through history.
  • Here is the transcript of this episode.
     

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This episode is sponsored by Tasting Room. To order the Tasting Room starter pack of wine samples for the special price of $6.95, visit tastingroom.com/allusionist. Unfortunately this offer is only open to listeners in the USA, so we Brits will have to find some other booze to get us through the election.

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See you in a fortnight, unless etymologocracy wins the day and I'm too drunk on power to make this show.

- HZ

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So goddamn windy that day. The campaign trail is more challenging than I had expected.

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