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S3: E2 – “Bragging rights” (or “rites”)? “Rites (or “rights”) of passage”? And what’s the story about “braggadocio”? Words You Should Know

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Are grammar skills a rite/right of passage? Perhaps. Should you have bragging rights/rites about it? You're better than that, aren't you, folks? My biggest question here, though, is how do you spell those "rights" and "rites"? "Rite" or "right" of passage? Bragging "rights" or "rites"?



And let’s get a bit language nostalgic and take a walk down word memory lane. I recently stumbled on an amazing resource from the American Dialect Society that recorded most popular words of the year—words and phrases that filled American pop culture, words most likely to succeed, words that were the most unnecessary, and more—for every year between 1990 and 2018. These are fascinating.



Plus, from "#humblebrag," 2011's contender, to those bragging rights/rites, “brag” as an English word does have stories of its own. Brag. Braggarts. Braggadocio. There's so much to explore here. Who's ready to dive in?



This is the "Words You Should Know" podcast, Season 3: Episode 2. Words. Language. Communication. You've got this.

Are grammar skills a rite/right of passage? Perhaps. Should you have bragging rights/rites about it? You're better than that, aren't you, folks? My biggest question here, though, is how do you spell those "rights" and "rites"? "Rite" or "right" of passage? Bragging "rights" or "rites"?



And let’s get a bit language nostalgic and take a walk down word memory lane. I recently stumbled on an amazing resource from the American Dialect Society that recorded most popular words of the year—words and phrases that filled American pop culture, words most likely to succeed, words that were the most unnecessary, and more—for every year between 1990 and 2018. These are fascinating.



Plus, from "#humblebrag," 2011's contender, to those bragging rights/rites, “brag” as an English word does have stories of its own. Brag. Braggarts. Braggadocio. There's so much to explore here. Who's ready to dive in?



This is the "Words You Should Know" podcast, Season 3: Episode 2. Words. Language. Communication. You've got this.

8 min

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