8 episodes

Say What?!

The words we say, why we say them and where they come from.

I’m Jo Vraca and each episode, I’m going to rub shoulders with the glitterati of the English language where we’ll learn that some of the more colourful, and even banal, words that we use every day have very un-English origins.

I will look into how these everyday words came to mean what they do today. So we’ll be rocking through dictionaries AND encyclopedias.

Say What? The Words We Say & Why We Say Them Jo Vraca

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Say What?!

The words we say, why we say them and where they come from.

I’m Jo Vraca and each episode, I’m going to rub shoulders with the glitterati of the English language where we’ll learn that some of the more colourful, and even banal, words that we use every day have very un-English origins.

I will look into how these everyday words came to mean what they do today. So we’ll be rocking through dictionaries AND encyclopedias.

    The Radical left and Why Left isn't Right

    The Radical left and Why Left isn't Right

    Do you know where the word “left” comes from? Well, in Latin, it’s Sinister, in all of its evil definitions. 

    So let’s break it down. How did sinister come to mean left and why is the left sinister? 

    Why does my mum think that left handers are evil? What does ancient bird divination, and the toilet habits of some cultures have to do with it? And what about the French Revolution?

    In today's episode, I break down the word LEFT and its very sinister history.

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    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes

    Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

    • 19 min
    Stockholm Syndrome - Abba, Patty Hearst and Anna Freud

    Stockholm Syndrome - Abba, Patty Hearst and Anna Freud

    Just in case you’re wondering, I have a real weak spot for curiosities and curious people – you know, people who behave irrationally, rule breakers and general riff raff. I’m quite fond of these people. Well…

    When I say “fond”, I don’t mean the – take me to your leader type of fondness but, rather,

    I just want to understand what makes people behave the way they do.

    And that’s why Stockholm Syndrome is this episode’s focus.

    I use the term Stockholm Syndrome here and there, and while I know what it means, I didn’t actually know where it originated. For some reason I thought it had something to do with kajillionnaire heir Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army (more about that later).

    And while the term originates from around the same era, it was actually an altogether different kidnapping event that led to the term being coined.

    So what exactly is Stockholm Syndrome? We'll travel through the 1930s and the 1970s to find out.

    Join me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saywhatthepodcast

    Please share and leave us a review on your favourite podcast app   including Apple - it makes it easier for others to find the show.

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    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes

    Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

    • 18 min
    Catfishing: A Long History of a Very New Word

    Catfishing: A Long History of a Very New Word

    We’ve heard the word, Catfishing, and doesn’t it feel like it’s been part of the zeitgeist forever? But Catfishing, as it’s used in popular culture, is a relatively new term, from 2010, actually.

    And it was coined by a documentarian.

    In this episode, I look at the history of the word catfishing, and actually take a look at its very long, but hidden history that has everything to do with catfish and cod. 

    So let’s deconstruct this!

    Join me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saywhatthepodcast

    Please share and leave us a review on your favourite podcast app  including Apple - it makes it easier for others to find the show.

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    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes

    Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

    • 16 min
    Tomboy - Is it Time to Retire This Word? No way!

    Tomboy - Is it Time to Retire This Word? No way!

    What is up with the word Tomboy? Is it even politically correct to say it anymore? Without turning this into a gender studies episode, we’re going to learn where the word comes from, how it came to mean what it did, if it even does mean the same thing today, and the various translations because, yes, tomboys are everywhere and every country has its own nuanced definition and you may be surprised to learn that well, it’s a little more complex than sex, gender constructs and whether you wear skirts and climb trees.

    So let’s deconstruct this!

    Today's episode features Freud's Masculinity Complex, Calamity Jane, The Marvellous Mrs Maisel's Suzie Myerson, and I completely butcher some foreign languages. Sorry.

    Join me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saywhatthepodcast

    Please share and leave us a review on your favourite podcast app  including Apple - it makes it easier for others to find the show.

    Or find your favourite listening app HERE

    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes

    Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

    • 16 min
    Gaslight: Manipulation, Asylums & Old Hollywood

    Gaslight: Manipulation, Asylums & Old Hollywood

    Since the 2016 election that gave Donald Trump a platform, not to mention the presidency, the word has been everywhere. But what does it mean? Where does gaslight come from?

    We hear a lot about ghosting. You know, it’s when someone ends a relationship suddenly without warning and just disappears, with no contact. Nothing.

    But what about gaslighting.

    According to Wiktionary, "The verb sense derives from the 1938 stage play called Gas Light, in which a husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment."

    Recently, I watched the original movie from 1940, which was based on the stage play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton.

    The film, besides being super dramatic in the way movies were back then – you know, close ups of crazy eyes, that sort of thing, it was actually fascinating to see where the term that we use so freely today, actually came from.

    Join me as I travel through the last century to find the origins of this fascinating word.

    Join me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saywhatthepodcast

    Please share and leave us a review on your favourite podcast app including Apple - it makes it easier for others to find the show. 

    Or find your favourite listening app HERE 

    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes 

    Produced by Jo Vraca. You can find my books on Amazon

    • 18 min
    Quarantine - The Plague, Lepers, Covid and Goats

    Quarantine - The Plague, Lepers, Covid and Goats

    When you think of quarantine, what comes to mind? Leper colonies of the past? Two weeks to flatten the curve?

    A hundred years ago, when leprosy was considered a public health risk, people were quarantined off for life. There was no cure for leprosy back then, and while only a few hundred people were ever recorded to have leprosy in the United States, it was claimed that a few thousand were likely to exist in hiding, to avoid a life of quarantine.

    So how did quarantine get its name? And what was quarantine like before the current pandemic? I go back into ancient history to show you that, actually, nothing much has changed.

    Oh, and goats. Goats definitely get a mention today!

    Join me on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/saywhatthepodcast

    Please share and leave us a review on your favourite podcast app  including Apple - it makes it easier for others to find the show.
    Or find your favourite listening app HERE

    Sound engineering and original music by Jeff Willis. You can find his tunes on Spotify and iTunes

    Produced by Jo Vraca

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Auannaapp ,

Insightful 🙏🏼

A podcast not just for the childfree and childless but for anyone that has a friend or relative that is childless or childfree.
Very insightful, truthful and honest.
Jo is entertaining and raw at times, but for most of it she is thought provoking especially for people with kids.
Thank you Jo, have enjoyed every episode so far.

AW 2021

Running Cat Lady ,

Thanks!!

Thanks Jo & Penny. I’m really loving your Podcast, it’s so nice to hear Australian & New Zealand voices discussing Childlessness.

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