202 episodes

Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.

A Word in Your Ear ABC Radio

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 141 Ratings

Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    How vulnerable are we to mispronouncing certain words? Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about why some words are more commonly mispronounced than others.

    • 29 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    Knives that cut and knights as in shining armour, psychology and psychologists, gnats in the air and gnomes in the garden. Professor Roly Sussex explains why we bother with silent letters.

    • 32 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    There's a severe weather warning for dangerous winds at the moment so who better to talk about wind words and idioms than the word wizard himself, Professor Roly Sussex?

    • 26 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    Dutch courage, a Dutch auction, and a Dutch oven are expressions that, like ABC Radio's Mike van Acker, have their origins in the Netherlands, but how many words that we use in everyday language come from Dutch? Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about loanwords.

    • 17 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    They form the basis of every word we read and every sentence we speak, but where do letters come from? That's just one of the questions for Professor Roly Sussex from students at Ferny Grove State School.

    • 29 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    Do women interrupt less and generally use more polite language than blokes? Professor Roly Sussex is chatting about the linguistic war of the sexes.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

stuart nicholson ,

Five stars every time.

If you have any interest in the written and spoken language I highly recommend this program. I have listened for several years now on a weekly basis often repeating an episode several times and always come away informed and entertained. Roly you are great!

Barkly Dweller ,

G/day

Great show and I have learned a lot about our language . Thanks Roley .

Port Macquarie fan ,

Fascinated by language

Roly is a star, so informed and knowledgeable I feel intimidated!
Love listening to his podcasts and love not having to suffer through adverts. Well done Roly!

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