40 episodes

Whole 9 Yards is a weekly podcast that will simultaneously educate, astonish, and amuse. Listen while we share equivocal research about the origin of words, phrases, and idioms we use every day. From the team at Big Science Pods, we bring you the whole 9 yards, the entire kit and caboodle, the whole shebang of this quick, entertaining look at our language and the history therein. Learn why we call New York "The Big Apple," what "red-handed" REALLY means and why sometimes people are "happy as a clam." So, let's cut to the chase, if you jump on the bandwagon now, the first 100 subscribers will be entered to win a Big Science Snuggie. Have a question about an idiom? Wanna drop us a line because you think we’re funny... or, not? Think we’re mistaken about any information we’ve shared? Hit us up at heyyou@whole9yards.org. We’re waiting with bated breath!

Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Origins Big Science Pods

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Whole 9 Yards is a weekly podcast that will simultaneously educate, astonish, and amuse. Listen while we share equivocal research about the origin of words, phrases, and idioms we use every day. From the team at Big Science Pods, we bring you the whole 9 yards, the entire kit and caboodle, the whole shebang of this quick, entertaining look at our language and the history therein. Learn why we call New York "The Big Apple," what "red-handed" REALLY means and why sometimes people are "happy as a clam." So, let's cut to the chase, if you jump on the bandwagon now, the first 100 subscribers will be entered to win a Big Science Snuggie. Have a question about an idiom? Wanna drop us a line because you think we’re funny... or, not? Think we’re mistaken about any information we’ve shared? Hit us up at heyyou@whole9yards.org. We’re waiting with bated breath!

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & sometimes we don't have a category...

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & sometimes we don't have a category...

    Episode 39: Jay & Ray chose their own adventures.

    • 40 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Questions.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Questions.

    Episode 38: Jay & Ray have some questions.

    • 38 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Random!

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Random!

    Episode 37: Jay & Ray go unsupervised.

    • 33 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Bodies.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Bodies.

    Episode 36: Jay & Ray pick a bone about some body idioms.

    • 25 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Spookiness.

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Spookiness.

    Episode 35: Jay & Ray get eerily close with a few more frightful idioms.

    • 38 min
    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Frights!

    Whole 9 Yards: Idioms, Etymology, & Frights!

    Episode 34: Jay & Ray dig up a few spooky idioms.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

jenniferceo ,

The what now?...

Has Pittsburgh contributed more to culture than this podcast?

Short answer, maybe.

Sure there is the Terrible Towel, Andy Warhol, and to be honest, French fries on salad is like a top five invention. But this pod is right up there with spuds and lettuce in holy unison.

Jay and Ray’s smooth dulcitone-like notes are pleasing but the joy of learning with them has been mildly surprising and satisfying.

And they are not idioms!

FallingOlive ,

Entertaining and Educational!

The guys do a great job with their research and their easygoing rapport makes it an enjoyable listen. Love the theme music!

Sandyindahizzy ,

Always looking for the science behind the wordy

So many times I've heard these phrases and in some instances have even researched them myself, but now I won't have to. Love the format of this and the conversation back and forth and insight that Jay and Ray offer and how they go off onto tangents into other words and phrases.

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