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Podcast: The Allusionist: 29. WLTM part II

You're looking for your perfect partner, but dating sites keep matching you with duds. So what do you do? Conduct an elaborate linguistic experiment, of course! At least, that was futurist Amy Webb's response to the situation. But did it work? [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 7, 2016 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 28. WLTM part I

Your online dating profile is the latest spin on a 300-year-old tradition of advertising yourself in order to find a spouse, a sexual partner, or someone to take care of your pigs. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 29, 2016 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 26. Xmas Man

Historian Greg Jenner traces the origins of that mythical beardy man who turns up in December with gifts. Helen Zaltzman also ensures her permanent removal from everybody’s Christmas card lists. CONTENT WARNING: Be wary of listening to this episode around young children, as there may be life spoilers. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Dec 10, 2015 - 2 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 25. Toki Pona

There's a language which is said to be the smallest language in the world. It has around 123 words, five vowels, nine consonants, and apparently you can become fluent in it with around 30 hours' study. It was invented by linguist Sonja Lang in 2001, and it's called Toki Pona. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Nov 21, 2015 - 4 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 24. Spill Your Guts

It’s cathartic; it’s useful historical records; and it might help you behave better on public transport. Neil Katcher and Dave Nadelberg from Mortified discuss the art and practice of keeping a diary. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Nov 11, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 23. Criminallusionist

Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer from the podcast Criminal stop by to talk about the linguistic challenges of crime reporting. They also share their episode ‘Pants on Fire’, about lying. It’s an extremely useful handbook if you fancy becoming either a human polygraph, or an excellent liar. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Nov 1, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: The Allusionist: 22. Vocables

La la la, dum di di dum, a wop bop a loo bop a wop bom bom – why are songs riddled with non-words masquerading as words? Hrishikesh Hirway from Song Exploder and songwriter Tony Hazzard explain. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Oct 25, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 21. Eponyms I: The Ballad of Bic and Biro

Naming something after yourself: a grand display of egomania, or the humble willingness to be overshadowed by your own product? Stationery expert James Ward tells the tale of the people who begat the eponymous ballpoint pens Bic and Biro, because ... [more inside]
posted by jazon on Oct 15, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 20. Baby Talk

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. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Oct 12, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: The Allusionist: 19. Architecting About Dance

"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture" is a problematic statement: not just because nobody can agree on who came up with it, but because dancing about architecture doesn't seem particularly far-fetched. Talking about dance, however – that’s really difficult. How do you put a wordless form of communication into words? Audio describer Alice Sanders and choreographer Steven Hoggett take the issue for a twirl. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Sep 24, 2015 - 2 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 18. Fix part II

The messiness of English is the price of its success. It is the most widely spoken language in the world, geographically, being an official language in 88 different countries, and there are countless different versions of it all over the world. With so many speakers in so many places, it would be impossible to establish a single 'correct' form of English; and, as became evident in Fix part I, to try to do so is a losing game. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Sep 15, 2015 - 2 comments

Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead  Season 1, Ep 2

While looking into the theft of several precious artifacts, Alleyn is called to investigate a murder of Charles Rankin at a gathering that includes Agatha Troy, his girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by bjgeiger on Nov 12, 2014 - 2 comments

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