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

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Allusionist 20: Baby Talk

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Why do we all sound like idiots when we talk to babies? Don't be embarrassed, we're helping them acquire language. Child psychologist Ben Jeffes explains.

Caution: may cause flashbacks to the time you were trapped in the Why? Loop for six years.

WHO WANTS A WICKLE READ? YES YOU DO! YES YOU DO!

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
decrepitate

CREDITS:

For the next month, the Allusionist will be WEEKLY. So you'd better remember to join me again next week.

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Allusionist 13: Mixed Emojions

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Emoji allow communication without words. Could emoji be the universal language of the 21st century? Matt Gray and Tom Scott, founders of the emoji-only messaging platform emoj.li, talk through the pitfalls; and History Today's Dr Kate Wiles finds the 500- and 5,000-year-old precedents for emoji.

CONTENT WARNING: 
this episode contains one category B swear word, plus references to penises growing on trees.

ADDITIONAL READING:

I made the video using Animoto, who sponsor this episode. Visit animoto.com/words to try out their easy video-making tools; and if you sign up for a pro account, you can get 15% off if you use the code WORDS. I'm still lost in their music library...

This episode is also sponsored by Squarespace.com. Build yourself a spiffy website - like this one! - and get 10% off their services for a year by using the code ALLUSION.

MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
kloof

CREDITS:

- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.