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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

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 22 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.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Curious Art ,

Word Nerd's Delight

I recently discovered this podcast & am savoring all the episodes. I love the balance of focus & ramble, the gentle humor, curiosity & modesty of the hosts, the conversational tone that makes me wish I could be there with them. I've learned a lot of fascinating etymology from listening, of course, but even when I already know the information they're covering, it's a pleasure to follow their journeys of discovery.

lady reeses ,

I learned something

I never knew the word nightmare didn’t have anything to do with fear and I agree I wanna know who or what marketing company came up with the idea... Using one of the laws of power is genius even if I don’t agree morally speaking I can still appreciate the genius ness of strategic business and no I don’t believe it was a coincidence.

Ry Too D2 ,

An Unexpected Gem

As a comic book fan, I love a good origin story, and that's essentially what is shared in this podcast. Each episode, Ryan and Amy dive into the convoluted origins of two seemingly innocuous words, sharing the stories of their original usage and how their meanings have evolved over the years. I was genuinely shocked to learn that "nice" used to have a vastly different meaning, and that "fanny" may refer to different anatomical features, depending upon where you are in the world. The hosts are very likeable, the audio quality is better than average, and the 20 minute episode length is perfect for this topic. Definitely worth a listen!

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