100 episodes

A Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) talking about the words in the English language that fascinate them most at the moment, looking at their histories and origins and trying to piece together just how they got to where they are today.

This is a podcast for anyone interested in etymology (the study of words and their origins/history). If you've ever found yourself happier after discovering some bizarre bit of trivia about a word that you hadn't even given a second thought to (such as how the word 'trivia' relates to its Latin components meaning "three roads"), this might just be the podcast for you.

Lexitecture Ryan Paulsen and Amy Hanlon

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

A Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) talking about the words in the English language that fascinate them most at the moment, looking at their histories and origins and trying to piece together just how they got to where they are today.

This is a podcast for anyone interested in etymology (the study of words and their origins/history). If you've ever found yourself happier after discovering some bizarre bit of trivia about a word that you hadn't even given a second thought to (such as how the word 'trivia' relates to its Latin components meaning "three roads"), this might just be the podcast for you.

    Sparkle Crackle Twinkle Paddle Waddle Dazzle Hobble Wriggle Nuzzle

    Sparkle Crackle Twinkle Paddle Waddle Dazzle Hobble Wriggle Nuzzle

    In this episode, Amy is elsewhere completely while Ryan is appreciating all over again the all-too-frequent cuteness of the "-le" suffix in English!
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!

    • 15 min
    Rudimentary Rival

    Rudimentary Rival

    In this episode, Amy gets back to basics with "rudimentary", while Ryan swimming upstream, but along a bank, and always staring side-eyed across to his "rival".
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!

    • 53 min
    Object Between

    Object Between

    In this episode, Amy explores the space "between", while Ryan is trying to figure out a connection between an "object" and the action itself.
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!
     
    PS - a note from Ryan: apologies to our wonderful listeners this episode - I'd been battling a wicked cough and general illness for several weeks and was only just getting over it to the point where I could make it through an episode, but I was pretty much constantly struggling to tamp down coughing fits every few minutes, hence my quite short segment and also my probably very annoying-to-listen-to somewhat pause-ridden speech pattern. I'm getting better, though, so that's good!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Fine Film

    Fine Film

    In this episode, Amy keeps a thin lid on things with "film", while Ryan is trying to figure out why there are so many different ways to be "fine".
    For the record, the book is Synonyms Discriminated and it's by the Rev. Charles John Smith. It was written, like many other books, in 1871.
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!

    • 49 min
    Taskmaster Handicap

    Taskmaster Handicap

    In this episode, Amy keeps everything on track as the "taskmaster", while Ryan is trying to weigh how much cheese a duck costs with "handicap".
    For those interested (which should be literally 100% of the listening audience), here is Carrot In A Box.
    For those interested (which should be literally 100% of the listening audience), here is where you can find Taskmaster on YouTube.
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!

    • 53 min
    Pitch Harmony

    Pitch Harmony

    In this episode, Amy keeps it all together with "harmony", while Ryan is considering sticky angles with "pitch", that he never knew in the first place.
    Lexitecture is a podcast about etymology (the linguistics study of the origin and history of words). In each normal, increasingly infrequent episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
    Please subscribe to us on Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Find us on Facebook, or on Twitter, or on Reddit, or join our Word Nerd HQ Facebook group!
     
    Also, if you enjoy what we do, please give us a great rating wherever you can - it's a huge help in letting other people know we're worth listening to.
     
    Finally, to support the podcasting work we do, please consider becoming a Patreon sponsor at www.patreon.com/lexitecture
     
    Thanks!

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Tagbert ,

I love this podcast!

It is so enjoyable to listen to two other word nerds explore language and the history of words in this way. It is a light hearted and informative exploration of the words that we use every day.

김덕수 ,

A fascinating ride

Amy and Ryan never fail to entertain. They are huge owrd nerds and they take you along on their wonderful journey of the history of two words per episode. I personally get a bit of a kick any time they break out the ancient tome of synonyms or good old Roget. You will come away with a better understanding of the English language and a good dose of PIE words as well. Always a good time. ~Sandman

B3still21 ,

The Pod review

A podcast about words and their origins. When listening to this I had no idea there was so much to a word. It was a great listen keep up the great work!

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