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Dr. Goodword's Daily Podcast is a modern audio version of the familiar and popular printed Word of the Day. Each podcast provides an insightful vocabulary building word history for some of the best words in English, all in about four minutes. Dr. Goodword is the pseudonym for Dr. Robert Beard, emminent linguist and retired professor, whose expertise uncovers fascinating glimpses into our culture and our history.

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Dr. Goodword's Daily Podcast is a modern audio version of the familiar and popular printed Word of the Day. Each podcast provides an insightful vocabulary building word history for some of the best words in English, all in about four minutes. Dr. Goodword is the pseudonym for Dr. Robert Beard, emminent linguist and retired professor, whose expertise uncovers fascinating glimpses into our culture and our history.

    12/31/18 - Hogmanay

    12/31/18 - Hogmanay

    Hogmanay is not a pig resort but a Scottish festivity celebrated
    on the last day of the year. Children traditionally stroll about
    the neighborhood on this day asking for presents. Today's Good
    Word also refers to the gifts given or received on Hogmanay.
    More recently it has become a raucous New Year's Eve party in
    many Scottish cities at which revelers sometimes do behave a
    bit swinishly.

    12/20/18 - superfluous

    12/20/18 - superfluous

    Excessive, more than is necessary, extra and unnecessary.

    4/22/12 - legerdemain

    4/22/12 - legerdemain

    1. Magic, sleight of hand. 2. Trickery, deceitful cleverness.

    4/21/12 - barbarian

    4/21/12 - barbarian

    1. A crude, uncultured, heartless person, a boor; someone who
    lives and treats others savagely. 2. A wild or primitive person,
    a savage.

    4/20/12 - popinjay

    4/20/12 - popinjay

    1. A vain, conceited, pompous person, a coxcomb, a fop. 2. A
    loquacious, talkative person, a blabbermouth.

    4/19/12 - smarmy

    4/19/12 - smarmy

    1. Slicked down, greasy, said especially of hair with too much
    tonic or oil on it. 2. Unctuous, oily, obsequious, ingratiatingly
    polite, perhaps with an overlay of feigned intelligence or sophistication.

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Beyond ordinary words...

This is a fine podcast, full of Dr. Beard's many years of linguistic and academic experience. These are not run of the mill words and explanations, but some of the funniest, prettiest and strangest words in our language, expertly traced and elucidated. A good four minute run that will both educate you and make you laugh.

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