111 episodes

Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 243 Ratings

Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them

    Changing Names

    Changing Names

    Michael Rosen and BBC presenter Ben Boulos talk about how we change names

    Produced by Sally Heaven for BBC Audio in Bristol

    • 27 min
    Alphabetical Order

    Alphabetical Order

    Michael Rosen and historian Judith Flanders talk about how we categorise things, using alphabetical order and more.

    Produced by Sally Heaven for BBC Audio in Bristol

    • 27 min
    LGBTQIA+ slang

    LGBTQIA+ slang

    Chloe Davis, creator of The Queen's English dictionary of LGBTQIA+ slang, talks to Michael about shade, fierce, and the importance of etymology.
    Producer Sally Heaven

    • 27 min
    Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen

    Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen

    Hilary Mantel, author of the Wolf Hall Trilogy, talks in depth to Michael Rosen about her life in writing and language.
    Producer Beth O'Dea
    Also available to download as part of the Word of Mouth podcast.

    • 27 min
    Bulls and Bears: animal metaphors in business language

    Bulls and Bears: animal metaphors in business language

    Michael Rosen finds out from journalist Dhruti Shah why there are so many terms relating to animals in the business world. From dragon kings to yak shaving, her aim is to open up these mysterious and sometimes excluding ways of using language to make finance easier for everyone to understand.

    Producer Beth O'Dea
    Bear Markets and Beyond: A Bestiary of Business Terms is by Dhruti Shah and Dominic Bailey.

    • 28 min
    Being a Polyglot

    Being a Polyglot

    Alex speaks 15 languages fluently. Does he have a special gift or could we all do this? Plus, what does 'to Donald Duck' mean in Hungarian?
    Producer Sally Heaven

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

Ninwah ,

A life saver

I’m an avid fan of Michael Rosen and had listened to a clips of these over the years. However after a recent battle with Covid and a stint in hospital, I’ve listened to these back to back and they’ve been an absolute life saver. Really enjoyed the moss content, pace and intellect.

Pleased that you’re feeling well enough to come back.

debs 187 ,

Get well

Missing your intellect , come back well!

Nik123z ,

Get well soon Michael

I still remember you visiting my primary school around 1993. Great podcast, great man.

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