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Podcast: The Allusionist: 16. Word Play

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. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 14, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 15. Step Away

‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jul 31, 2015 - 1 comment

Podcast: The Allusionist: 7. Mountweazel

You’d think you could trust dictionaries, but it turns out, they are riddled with LIES. Delivering this upsetting news is Eley Williams, who is just finishing up her PhD about mountweazels, esquivalience and other hoax words that lexicographers have snuck into dictionaries. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Mar 25, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 6. The Writing On The Wall

Those words on museum walls that you can’t be bothered to read? They’re more important than you think… Exhibition-maker Rachel Souhami explains why. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Mar 12, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 5. Latin Lives!

Every week since September 1989, a radio station in Finland has broadcast a weekly news bulletin…in Latin. WHY? Let’s find out! [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 25, 2015 - 2 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 4. Detonating the C-Bomb

WARNING: this episode contains lots of swearing and words which some of you may find offensive. If, however, you love offensive words, you will enjoy this episode, which is all about how the C-word doesn't deserve to be the pariah of cusses. Warning, swear words ahead! [more inside]
posted by jazon on Feb 12, 2015 - 7 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 3: Going Viral

Remember when ‘viral’ used to only mean something bad, IE something that would make you ill or destroy your computer? How things have changed. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 28, 2015 - 0 comments

Podcast: The Allusionist: 1. Ban The Pun

NEW PODCAST ALERT! In late 2014, China announced it was to ban puns. Helen Zaltzman wishes she could ban puns in her own family. Warning: this episode features some hideous incidences of wordplay. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Jan 14, 2015 - 2 comments

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