To mark the 100th episode of the Allusionist, here’s a celebratory parade of language-related facts.Read More
The 2016 US election isn't going away anytime soon, so let's seek refuge in etymology, as we did before in the first Election Lexicon.
Bonus fun: spot the Radiotopian cameos.
- Oxford Dictionaries have had enough of these political terms, and perhaps so have you.
- Lo, here's a short history of filibustering.
- The linguistics of mass persuasion: how politicians make ‘fetch’ happen.
- And in case you needed to know about the sex lives of politicians during primaries, the escorts they hire are here to tell you.
- Here's the original Election Lexicon episode.
If you want podcasts about the US Election, I've heard good things about FiveThirtyEight, Bandwagon, Presidential, Slate's Political Gabfest, Candidate Confessional, Left, Right & Centre, The Pollsters, Whistlestop... And there's this episode from our pals Mortified.
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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- You heard from Radiotopisiblings Jonathan Mitchell from The Truth; Benjamen Walker from Theory of Everything; Lauren Spohrer from Criminal; Hrishikesh Hirway from Song Exploder; Nick van der Kolk from Love + Radio; and Avery Trufelman and Katie Mingle from 99% Invisible.
- This episode was produced by Matt Hill and me. The theme tune is by Martin Austwick.
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