Do you love learning about words, puzzling out where common expressions come from and generally exploring the linguistic crazy quilt that is the English language? So do we! And you'll find we even have an entertaining time doing it! So come along as hosts Malcolm Fleschner and Kurt Wolfrum make a meal of the extraordinary word salad we call English in the 21st century!
Episode 3: Balls to the Wall, Mad as a Hatter, Bruce Springsteen’s “Speedball,” Bury the Hatchet, "I'm Your Huckleberry" and Butter You Up
Malcolm and Kurt try to stump one another about the origins of Balls to the Wall, Mad as a Hatter, Bury the Hatchet, and Butter You Up while exploring why the Bruce Springsteen lyric is "throw that old *speedball* by you" instead of *fastball* and reveal that Val Kilmer's Wyatt Earp character in Tombstone does NOT say "I'll be your huckleberry."
All this and whether Malcolm is a terrible friend, why engineers and lawyers are the WORST people to do work for and how a four-way stop sign encounter can rapidly devolve into a ruinous battle of wills.
Episode 2: Bite the Bullet, No Cap, Milquetoast and Steal Your Thunder
Malcolm and Kurt grill one another about the origins of “Under the Weather,” "Bite the Bullet,” “No Cap,” “Milquetoast” and “Steal Your Thunder“ while Kurt also tests Malcolm’s ability to guess the meaning of a foreign idiomatic expressions like “There’s no cow on the ice,” “Not my circus, not my monkeys” and “Going where the Czar goes on foot.”
All this and our hilarious take on Lowenbrau’s famous “Tonight is kind of special” ad slogan, as always delivered with our signature joie de vivre, bonhomie and savoir faire!
Episode 1: Level Best, Piss-Poor, Tenterhooks and Much More!
Malcolm and Kurt examine and argue about the surprising provenance of a range of terms including "level best," "on tenterhooks," and "piss-poor" while also discussing pressing questions like:
Why do we say "hundreds," "thousands" and "millions" but we don't say "tens?"If you know the correct pronunciation of a widely mispronounced word, which pronunciation do you use?And plenty more, all delivered with our signature joie de vivre, wit and savoir faire!
Fascinating and fun!
It’s like “A Way With Words” without the maturity! Seriously, I learned the derivation of several expressions, and the hosts have a friendly rapport and are clearly enjoying themselves.
First time listener first time lover!
I used to think the net was a source of vapid empty blanchness and after hearing your debut episode I realized I was right. However your banter and back and forth sabering won me. It really did. Thank you for alaying any concern of mine that I should be actually concerning myself with realness of any kind. Word up!
You guys and the word expertise shouldn’t ever been in the same conversation.