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A Way With Words

Where did the term "cry uncle" come from? Does the phrase "the whole shebang" come from the Irish word "shabeen" ("a disreputable drinking establishment")? What is the odd word out in this group: "bigot," "saloon," "quiche," and "tornado"? If these questions pique your interest, you'll want to check out A Way with Words, an hour long weekly podcast about all things language. Hosted by Martha...
Slate: Lexicon Valley

Slate magazine's Lexicon Valley is "a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages." Founded by Slate contributor Mike Vuolo, Lexicon Valley is currently hosted by linguist John McWhorter, professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and author of numerous books about language. New episodes are released once...

Learn about the link between language and identity and explore "people's everyday linguistic experiences," with Accentricity. Sociolinguistics researcher and educator Sadie Durkacz Ryan created the podcast, which is edited by John McDiarmid with music by Seb Philp. Through its six episodes (and three bonus installments), the show explores questions such as, "Why do we love some accents and hate...