The Pope has several Twitter feeds — and one of them’s entirely in Latin! But how do you adapt an ancient language to the modern world of selfies and hashtags? Plus, pit bull lovers are giving their dogs a linguistic makeover; they’re calling their pooches “pibbles.” And after you’ve eaten most of a slice of pizza, what do you call the crusty part that’s left?” Also, pizza bones, grand-nieces vs. great-nieces, pin vs. pen, V2V, sisu, blow a gasket, and write it on the ice.
This episode first aired March 7, 2014.
Grandniece vs. Great-Niece
What do you call your brother’s granddaughter? Your great-niece or your grandniece? The Thomasville, Georgia, man who claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of relatives riding camels wants an answer.
Write It On The Ice
If you write it on the ice, what you write will be impermanent, or not to be counted on–the opposite of carved in stone.
Fix The Headlines Word Quiz
Puzzlemaster John Chaneski remixes the news by anagramming one word in each headline. For starters, which word is an anagram in New Deal in Honeybee Deaths?
Cultural Terms for Expressing National Identity
Finns say their word sisu meaning “guts” or “fortitude” characterizes their national identity. Does your culture have such a word, like the Portuguese term saudade, perhaps?
Winding Down the Windows
Snowboarders flailing their arms in the air might be the last folks who still wind down the windows.
What does one order when on a strict diet? How about a honeymoon salad: “lettuce alone!”
Latin Terms for Modern Words
The Vatican has a long list of new Latin terms invented to denote things in the modern world, such as umbrella descensoria (“parachute) and ludus follis ovati (literally, “oval ball inflated with wind,” otherwise known as rugby).
Martha proposes the word miesta, a sort of combination of “me-time” and a “siesta.”
Etymology of Fraught
Fraught, meaning “loaded with worry or negative portent,” related to the English word freight. It’s perfectly fine to use fraught without the word with, as in This situation is fraught.
Do people call you by a nickname without asking? A caller named Elizabeth is baffled when people she’s just met insist on calling her Liz.
Photo by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Music Used in the Broadcast
|Tokuta||Jungle Fire (KidGusto Remix)||Tokuta (KidGusto Remix)||Colemine Records|
|Funky Pullett||Gene Harris and The Three Sounds||Live at the It Club||Blue Note|
|I’m Still Sad||Gene Harris and The Three Sounds||Live at the It Club||Blue Note|
|Oxygène (Part III)||Jean-Michel Jarre||Oxygène||Polydor|
|Fat Mama||Herbie Hancock||Fat Albert Rotunda||Warner Brothers|
|Baby Man||Gene Harris and The Three Sounds||Live at the It Club||Blue Note|
|Sittin’ Duck||Gene Harris and The Three Sounds||Live at the It Club||Blue Note|
|Chameleon||Herbie Hancock||Head Hunters||Columbia|
|Oxygène (Part IV)||Jean-Michel Jarre||Oxygène||Polydor|
|Tell Me A Bedtime Story||Herbie Hancock||Fat Albert Rotunda||Warner Brothers|
|On Green Dolphin Street||Gene Harris and The Three Sounds||Live at the It Club||Blue Note|
|Fat Albert Rotunda||Herbie Hancock||Fat Albert Rotunda||Warner Brothers|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|