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What In The Word Podcast is an etymology podcast hosted by Carolyn Lieberman & Portia Nagano. We explore the quirky, interesting, and surprising origins of words. We also dabble with portmanteaus and slang in our episode shorts.

You can get in contact with us via email at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com and follow our Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod.

What In The Word Portia Nagano & Carolyn Lieberman

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What In The Word Podcast is an etymology podcast hosted by Carolyn Lieberman & Portia Nagano. We explore the quirky, interesting, and surprising origins of words. We also dabble with portmanteaus and slang in our episode shorts.

You can get in contact with us via email at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com and follow our Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod.

    2022 Announcement

    2022 Announcement

    Hi y'all! A quick announcement from Carol here at your favorite word podcast. Hope 2022 is starting off well and we can't wait to get back in the saddle with you all.

    Stick around for the full 3 minutes to hear the shortest short ever on the pod as well as some delightful music to the ears at the very very end.

    Thank you all for listening! We really appreciate and love you (for real)!


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    28 - Rainy Punks

    28 - Rainy Punks

    This week we talk about the accuracy of your local weather people and the possibility of sustainable futures. (Such a departure from last week, huh?) We hope you're enjoying spooky season and we'll see you next week!


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    WITW Short 27 - Why Is It Spicy?

    WITW Short 27 - Why Is It Spicy?

    **THIS EPISODE IS 18+** If you don't know the "Why is it spicy?" TikTok audio... we need to get you up to speed, my friend! This week we uncover the meanings of some of your favorite spoicy emojis and learn about the succinct and unknown origins of soda. 


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    • 16 min
    1 - Quarantine Nightmare Re-Release

    1 - Quarantine Nightmare Re-Release

    Hi friends! Today we're releasing a re-recording of our very first episode. It's our most played episode and we wanted to provide you with something that's a little easier on the ears. 



    Also, we're looking to hire an editor for our episodes! We're looking to hire urgently, and are looking for someone who is highly self-motivated and love tangents. Seriously, you need to love them to be able to sit through our un-cut episodes :) Please send your resume to portianagano@gmail.com. We'd love to have you on our team!


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    WITW Short 26 - Silver Lotus

    WITW Short 26 - Silver Lotus

    This week's short is looong, but it's a goodie, we promise! Today we unpack the history of Mah Jong and we settle the heated debate around the pronunciation of Argentina. 



    Carolyn's Sources:


    http://www.biblioteca.jus.gov.ar/Argentina-Constitution.pdf
    https://www.quora.com/Do-people-born-in-Argentina-prefer-to-be-called-Argentinian-or-Argentine
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Rio-de-la-Plata


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    • 32 min
    26 - Robo(p)op!

    26 - Robo(p)op!

    If you're a child or you have a child in the room, don't listen to this one. It's spicy. Today we're talking about robots and corn!




    https://www.npr.org/2011/04/22/135634400/science-diction-the-origin-of-the-word-robot?t=1633442879047
    http://academic.depauw.edu/aevans_web/HONR101-02/WebPages/Spring2006/Akinbola(Mike)/R.U.R.%20(1921).html
    https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-origin-of-the-word-robot/
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/549054/isaac-asimov-facts


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