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NPR: On Words with John Ciardi Podcast

NPR: On Words with John Ciardi Podcast

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Ever wondered where this word or that phrase comes from? The late poet laureate John Ciardi uncovers historical interpretations in this series from the Morning Edition archives.


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Pyramid: Word Origin

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


Is it beyond the limits of any known sense that the word "pyramid" derives from Greek soldiers' descriptions of the Egyptian monuments as "wheat cakes"? Idiom investigator John Ciardi takes a look.

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Buxom/Prehistoric: Changed Meanings

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


How do the definitions of words slip and slide into something entirely different? Word wrangler John Ciardi explains how "buxom" went from meaning "obedient" to something ... quite different.

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Knocked Into a Cocked Hat; There's the Rub

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


What does it mean, exactly, to be "knocked into a cocked hat"? For that matter, what is the origin of the Shakespearean turn of phrase "there's the rub"? Two unrelated figures of speech, originating from sports idiom, are explained by wordsmith John Ciardi.

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Italian-American Dialect Explained

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


Etymologist and poet John Ciardi revisits the idiom of his youth to uncover the myriad ways in which Italian-descended people infused American English with their own "paisani" ingenuity.

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Rhombus

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


One can trace, as poet/historian John Ciardi does, the word "rhombus" back through its Latin and Greek origins. But to do so would be futile without acknowledging the relevance of a once-common childhood toy.

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Folk Etymology: Capricious Associations

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


In this week's pick from the word garden, etymologist John Ciardi explains how "folk word formations" occur in the least-expected ways, and result in some of the most beautiful — and unfortunate — nomenclature seen in any language.

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Billion: U.S. and European Meanings

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


"Billion" is, in amateur numerologist John Ciardi's reckoning, "a word that seems to have been born confused." He zeroes in on the numerical discrepancies that may cause further confusion for those venturing to the other side of the Atlantic.

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Ciardi Traces Root of His Name

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


John Ciardi traces the illustrious history of his own last name, from its roots as a German surname through Longbeard detours, twisted with a sound shift or two. Let's do him a favor and pronounce his name correctly.

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Pirates' Jolly Roger: Origin

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


Where does our traditional image of the pirate flag come from, if there is no recorded history of its actual use? John Ciardi dons an eyepatch and peg leg to find out whether the skull-and-crossbones emblem was really just counterfeit.

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Kilkenny Cats, Accolade: Origins

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 07, 2007


Poet and semantic swordsman John Ciardi resurrects another expression from the vaults of time and memory — "to fight like Kilkenny cats" — and applies this dueling simile to a word whose history is not as harmonious as it seems.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: N018855