Go Advanced Search
 

Subscribe to this:

Podcast
Podcast
iTunes Podcast




Podcasts in These Categories
Find More Titles by
This Author: Bob Garfield
This Publisher: Slate.com

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley Podcast by Bob Garfield

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley Podcast

by Bob Garfield

Product Details

Description

Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Your hosts are Bob Garfield and producer Mike Vuolo. Part of the Panoply Network.


People Who Liked Slate Presents Lexicon Valley Podcast Also Liked These Podcasts:
  A Way with Words Podcast
by Grant Barrett

Reviews & Ratings
User Reviews         Rate this title  

Podcast Episodes




If this Podcast isn't working, please let us know by emailing us and we will try to fix it ASAP:

Podcast Feed URL:

 Podcast Website:
http://www.slate.com/lexiconvalley

The Euphemism Treadmill

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


John McWhorter on the evolution from "crippled" to "handicapped" to "differently abled" and why no such term is likely to stick around long.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com 

Download File - 17.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Heyo, Let's Talk About Hamilton

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Apr 04, 2017


John McWhorter talks to linguist Neal Whitman about the mash-up of hey and yo.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com 

Download File - 19.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Earlier American English—More Profane, Parochial and Provincial

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


John McWhorter time travels to 1930 and eavesdrops on American English.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Feb 07, 2017


John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of like.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 22.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What Had Happened Was Storytelling

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Jan 24, 2017


John McWhorter discusses the subject of his new book, Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com 







Download File - 20.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Why We Stopped Teaching Children How to Read

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Jan 10, 2017


Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It, discusses the fallout from the so-called reading wars.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 20.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Away in a Penthouse, the Little Lord Jesus

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Dec 27, 2016


When hath gave way to has, the original meaning of merry, and other insights from popular Christmas carols.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 17.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What "The Wizard of Oz" Can Tell Us About "Arrival"

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Dec 13, 2016


In Arrival, Amy Adams plays a linguist who discovers that language can radically alter one's perception of reality. But is that true?

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 18.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Black Like Us

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?
 
Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 21.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Language Lessons of Past Presidents

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?
 
Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com 

Download File - 19.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Whither Didst Thou Go?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."
 
Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com 

Download File - 22.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Why Do People Talk Like That in Old Movies?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial
today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 21.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Billy and Me Went to the Store. Deal With It.

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Oct 04, 2016


John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up
for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 17.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What Is a Dictionary, Really?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.

Download File - 15.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Invisible Language of Nursery Rhymes

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Sep 06, 2016


What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean?  John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.

Download File - 15.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Word Sex

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones

Download File - 27.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Should Shakespeare Get a Modern English Update?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare. 

Download File - 30.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Are Emoji a Language?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.

Download File - 25.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Finding Life in a Dead Language

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin," talks about her transformative experience of learning Latin.

Download File - 17.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Rules Are Made to Be Spoken

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Jun 29, 2016



Sali Tagliamonte, author of Making Waves: The Story of Variationist Sociolinguistics, talks about the underlying disorder of the English Language.



Download File - 19.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Tragedy of English Spelling

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says that English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 17.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Your Brain on Profanity

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, May 31, 2016


Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and
Ourselves
, discusses the science of cursing.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 21.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, May 17, 2016


How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 17.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Blaccent: What Does It Mean to Sound Black?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, May 03, 2016


Linguist John McWhorter argues that it makes perfect sense for the speech of black and white Americans to have subtle differences.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 18.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



A Wild Goose Chase that Stinks from Fish

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


How did Clupea harengus come to signify a diversionary tactic?
Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up
for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.
Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 15.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Defecation Presentation

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


The earliest known citation for “shit show” is from an English-language translation of a 1970s criminal trial in Germany. But what was the word or phrase being translated? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 18.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Take This Episode with a Grain of Salt

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Tue, Mar 08, 2016


A salty phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalleyFacebook: facebook.com/LexiconValleyEmail: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 20.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


Donald Trump calls people (and publications) he doesn’t like “sad.” When did that word become an insult?

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free.

And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time—and hundreds more—with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/lexicon

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 19.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



A British Insult Fit for Trump

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


A peculiar insult from the north of England has the Oxford English Dictionary stumped.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member, you can watch as many lectures as you want on any device. And for a limited time, Lexicon Valley listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography for free by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lexicon.

And by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



They Had a Good Year

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


A pronoun that English borrowed from its Scandinavian neighbors gets new life as a gender neutral alternative to he and she.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, Blue Apron delivers right to your door everything you need to create a home-cooked meal. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious dinner in 40 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free.

And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time—and hundreds more—with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/lexicon.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 24.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Curious Case of a Conspiratorial Coinage

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a new video learning service with more than 5,000 lectures. As a member of The Great Courses Plus, you can watch as many lectures as you want, anytime, anywhere, on any device. For a limited time, Lexicon Valley listeners can watch The Fundamentals of Photography for free by visiting TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lexicon.

And by Headspace. If you've ever been curious about meditation or would like to reacquaint yourself with the practice, then try the Take 10 program. It's guided meditation for 10 days—10 minutes a day—absolutely free. Give it a try at Headspace.com/lexicon.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 24.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Tears of Joy, Identity, and a Prism of Isms

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 28, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to editors at Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Dictionary.com about their picks for Word of the Year.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by Headspace. If you've ever been curious about meditation or would like to reacquaint yourself with the practice, then go to Headspace.com/lexicon and try the Take 10 program. It's guided meditation for 10 days—10 minutes a day—absolutely free. Give it a try at Headspace.com/lexicon.

And by Club W, leading the "grape to glass" wine revolution. Answer just six simple questions at ClubW.com and their algorithm will create a Palate Profile just for you. Get wine directly to your door, perfectly customized to match your taste. For 50 percent off your first order, go to ClubW.com/lexicon.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 22.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Sleeping Hobos in a Tent, Rush 'Em!

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 14, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early 20th-century origins of a bizarre food-industry code with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes. And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com slash lexicon.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 20.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Snoozefest

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 30, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the energetic history of the word sleep.

Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up
for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 19.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Woody Guthrie's Folk Etymology

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 16, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a word that was popularized during the 1940s folk movement with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.??Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.

And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com slash lexicon. That's Texture.com/lexicon.??

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.?

Twitter: @lexiconvalley
?Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley
?Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 18.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



A Cat, a Coward, and Female Genitalia

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 02, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the etymological quirkiness of the word "pussy." Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 22.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a piece of old American slang with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theate. And by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time, and more, with interactive content for a richer reading experience. Right now, try Texture for free at Texture.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 19.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Seven Centuries of F--ks

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 05, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F-Word, about a recent discovery in the history of one our most enduring expletives. Lexicon Valley is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 21.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT  is available now on iTunes. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 21.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



How New York Became the Big Apple

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Sep 07, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the true story behind the most famous municipal nickname. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 15.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Why Do Latin Americans Call English Speakers Gringos?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 24, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of a Spanish-language pejorative with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Great Masters," which delves into the life and music of well-known musicians and composers—including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Right now, choose from among four of the Great Masters lecture series for just $9.95 when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 22.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What Do You Mean What Is It Like?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 10, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss "A literary history of the strange expression 'what is it like?'"—an article by lexicographer Anne Seaton. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "Great Masters," which delves into the life and music of well-known musicians and composers—including Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Right now, choose from among four of the Great Masters lecture series for just $9.95 when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile XIV | Heebie Jeebies

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 25.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What's the Deal with Translating Seinfeld?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong about the classic American sitcom Seinfeld and why it falls flat in other cultures and languages. Lexicon Valley is sponsored by the Great Courses, offering engaging audio and video lectures taught by top professors. Courses like "The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins." Right now, get up to 80 percent off the original price when you visit thegreatcourses.com/lexicon. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 28.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile XIII | Bozo

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 29, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 16.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Pollyanna Hypothesis

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means that language has a "positivity bias." This week's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus. Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com

Download File - 32.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile XII | Kibitz

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 01, 2015


  Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.         Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley   Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley   Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  

Download File - 25.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



M'athchomaroon, Zhey Lajak Vezhven!

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, May 18, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to conlanger David J. Peterson about the art and craft of creating languages for Game of Thrones.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook. Visit BlueApron.com/lexicon to get your first two meals free.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  

Download File - 28.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile XI | Seersucker

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, May 04, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "seersucker" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com  

Download File - 22.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo don't know nuthin' about the double negative.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Language A to Z." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.  

Download File - 25.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile X | Pumpernickel

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Apr 06, 2015


  Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "pumpernickel" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.     Twitter: @lexiconvalley Facebook: facebook.com/LexiconValley Email: lexiconvalley@slate.com     This week's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "The Story of Human Language." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/lexicon.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/podcastsplus.  

Download File - 24.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



And Infinitum

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss whether "try and" is an acceptable substitute for "try to."

Download File - 25.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile IX | Carnival

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the origin of the word "carnival" with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Download File - 12.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Sex Workers

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the authoress, the usherette, and the editrix with Anne Curzan, the lady professor.

Download File - 15.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile VIII | Quiz

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Download File - 11.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Many Lives of Anna Karenina

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 26, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to journalist and author Masha Gessen about translating Tolstoy.

Download File - 16.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile VII | Cockamamie

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 12, 2015


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Download File - 14.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Exposure to Vape Culture

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 29, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo are joined by Peter Sokolowski of Merriam-Webster, Katherine Martin of Oxford University Press, Jane Solomon of Dictionary.com, and Erin McKean of Wordnik.com to discuss their respective Words of the Year.

Download File - 22.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile VI | Grog

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Download File - 11.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 01, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to speech scientist Benjamin Munson about the "gay voice."

Download File - 16.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile V | Get One's Goat

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 17, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

Download File - 15.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Number Theory

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo ask the question: How did we go from "four and twenty" to "twenty four"? Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 12.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile IV | Snark

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 20, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 19.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Man on the Street

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Jonathon Green, author of The Vulgar Tongue and Green's Dictionary of Slang, a 6,000-page, three-volume reference more than 20 years in the making. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 17.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile III | Orange

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Sep 22, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 13.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Demonstratively Speaking

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Sep 08, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss Sarah Palin's use of demonstrative pronouns. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 13.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile II | Lagniappe

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 25, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 10.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 11, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to arts critic Nathan Rabin and journalist Christopher John Farley about the phrases they coined to identify two of Hollywood's most pernicious tropes. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 13.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



LinguaFile I | Discombobulate

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 28, 2014


Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss a mystery word or phrase with Vocabulary.com executive producer Ben Zimmer. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley. Follow @lexiconvalley.

Download File - 8.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to Columbia University professor John McWhorter about his new book, The Language Hoax. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 15.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 37: Legislating Language

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Mar 10, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss four legal cases in which the dictionary played a crucial part.

Download File - 14.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 36: The Dude Abides

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 27, 2014


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early history of the word "dude." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 16.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 35: Learning to Say No

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 23, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the many meanings of a child's "no." Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 11.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 34: Ask Not Who Wrote "Ask Not"

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 16, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss JFK's Inaugural Address with Richard Tofel, author of Sounding the Trumpet. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 13.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 33: The End of Ambiguity

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 09, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Arika Okrent about the most logical language ever invented. Show notes at www.slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 11.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley: Special Announcement

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Dec 04, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce the return of Lexicon Valley. Yay!

Download File - 0.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 32: The Burden of Being Right

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Aug 05, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the irresistible pull of language pedantry.

Download File - 15.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 31: Name That Tone

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 15, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the relationship between tonal languages and musical acuity.

Download File - 12.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley No. 30: Eject at High Altitude

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 01, 2013


Mike Vuolo talks with an anthropological linguist about the influence geography might have on speech.

Download File - 8.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #29: 30 Million By Four

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 24, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the importance of talking to your child.

Download File - 13.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #28: A Brief History of Swearing

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 17, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss curse words old and new with author Melissa Mohr. Show notes at slate.com/lexiconvalley.

Download File - 11.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #27: Accentuate the Positive

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 10, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the seemingly paradoxical phrase "yeah-no."

Download File - 11.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Special Announcement

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Sat, Jun 01, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo announce a new run of Lexicon Valley episodes.

Download File - 0.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Special Announcement

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Feb 13, 2013


Lexicon Valley will be back with a run of all-new episodes in the spring.

Download File - 0.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #26: The Fawth Flaw, Part II

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 28, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss R-dropping and the New York accent.

Download File - 13.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #25: The Fawth Flaw

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jan 14, 2013


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a defining feature of the classic New York accent.

Download File - 10.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #24: Get Your Creak On

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 31, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss creaky voice.

Download File - 11.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #23: Good Is Up

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 17, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss metaphor and the "fiscal cliff."

Download File - 12.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #22: Talking Leaves and Lightning Paper

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Dec 03, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Cherokee syllabary.

Download File - 13.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #21: Undocumented Illegals

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Nov 12, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the debate over "illegal" versus "undocumented" at the heart of U.S. immigration policy.

Download File - 15.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #20: Death to Potatoes

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 29, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo speak with Nataly Kelly, coauthor of Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World.

Download File - 14.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #19: Here's to You Mrs. Malaprop

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 15, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what malapropisms might reveal about the way we organize our mental dictionary.

Download File - 14.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #18: The Rate of Exchange

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Oct 01, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the commonly held belief that some languages are spoken faster than others.

Download File - 11.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #17: Ascent of the A-word

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Sep 17, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to linguist Geoffrey Nunberg about his book Ascent of the A-word: A**holism, the First Sixty Years.

Download File - 11.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Jul 18, 2012


Mike announces a run of all new episodes beginning later in the summer.

Download File - 0.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #16: Our Dying Words

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 09, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what we lose when a language goes extinct.

Download File - 9.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #15: Then Is Now, Now and Then

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jul 02, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the historical present.

Download File - 13.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #14: By Their Words You Shall Know Them

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 18, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss stylometry.

Download File - 14.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #13: Capturing the Past

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 11, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about how Mad Men and Downton Abbey can teach us about language change.

Download File - 17.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #12: The Eloquence of Plain English

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Jun 04, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the Gettysburg Address.

Download File - 13.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #11: When Being Done Replaced Doing

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Sun, May 27, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the most significant change to the English language that you've never heard of.

Download File - 12.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #10: One Giant Leap for Humanity

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, May 14, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the he said/she said of the epicene pronoun.

Download File - 17.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #9: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, May 07, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.

Download File - 13.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #8: When Nouns Grew Genitals

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Apr 30, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss what it means for language to have gender.

Download File - 12.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #7: A Needle Pulling Thread

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Apr 23, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the big ambitions of the word "so."

Download File - 12.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Special Announcement from Lexicon Valley

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Wed, Apr 04, 2012


Mike announces a batch of brand new episodes.

Download File - 0.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #6: A Meditation on Scrabble

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Mar 12, 2012


Mike Vuolo talks to "Word Freak" author Stefan Fatsis about the nature of language in Scrabble.

Download File - 15.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #5: Untuning the String

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Mar 05, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to author David Skinner about his book, The Story of Ain't, which will be published in the fall of 2012.

Download File - 16.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #4: Jumpin' Salty in The O

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 27, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the vernacular wrapped in a dialect inside a language that some call Ebonics.

Download File - 17.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #3: Consider the Lamppost

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 20, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the hypercorrected incorrectness of "between you and I."

Download File - 12.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 13, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the evolution of the word "faggot."

Download File - 13.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



Lexicon Valley #1: A Sin of Which None Is Guilty

Author: Slate Magazine/Panoply
Mon, Feb 06, 2012


Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the longstanding English language proscription against ending a sentence with a preposition.

Download File - 10.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device)
Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)



More Details

  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: S089203