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Why do we talk the way we do? Where do our words and phrases come from? And why are they sometimes so very strange?
Linguist Daniel Midgley has something for everyone on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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The Word Detective: Go Bananas
The mystery of “going bananas.”
First instance of “cool bananas”
Google Books link
Oxford Dictionaries: What is the origin of ‘banana’?
Why are し/ち transliterated as ‘shi’/’chi’, and not ‘si’/’ti’?
— Media Watch (@ABCmediawatch) 30 September 2016
Online Etymology Dictionary: Lieutenant
Online Etymology Dictionary: Colonel
Sorry, it was Roman Jakobsen, not Otto Jespersen who said “Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.”
Wikipedia: Elizabeth (given name)
Lindsay Lohan Explains Her Unusual New Accent
Ecosexuals Believe Having Sex with the Earth Could Save It
Ecosexual Bathhouse at Melbourne’s botanic gardens arousing interest in the environment
You Can Literally Have Sex with the Environment in This ‘Ecosexual Bathhouse’
On Otherkin and Trans People
Otherkin Are People Too; They Just Identify as Nonhuman
“Compersion: A Polyamorous Principle That Can Strengthen Any Relationship.” And the word’s origin.
How do you pronounce debut?
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.