What a difference pronunciation makes! The United States has a Department of Defense, and an individual might take classes in self-defense. So why do football and basketball coaches say they’re proud of their . . . “DEE-fence?” Linguists have a theory about why. Also, some funny limericks to help you learn obscure words, and what you will and won’t find on a desert island. Plus, kennings, cobwebs, crestfallen, catillate, cataglossism, and more.
This episode first aired October 10, 2014.
The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form
Do you think dictionaries of obsolete words with definitions in limerick form are cool? If you’re annuent— meaning “nodding”— we’ll take that as a “yes.” You’ll find lots of them at The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form, also known as OEDILF.
Emphasis of Defense
We have a Department of Defense, and football teams have a defense, and chances are you don’t pronounce those terms the same way. It likely has to do with sportscasters emphasizing of- and de- to differentiate the offensive and defensive sides of teams, and that’s how the emphases took hold.
Zen Diagrams Quiz
Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game that changes Venn diagrams to zen diagrams.
Class Periods vs. Bells
Most high schoolers hear the bell ring, and they know it’s time for next period. But some students simply refer to each class as first bell, second bell, and so on. What did you call each class period?
Modern and Historic Kennings
Kennings are compound words that have metaphorical meanings, such as whale-road meaning “sea.” They’re often found in Anglo-Saxon poetry, such as The Seafarer and Beowulf, but there are modern ones as well, such as rugrats for “small children.”
Why steal something insignificant when you can brodie it? This slang term means basically the same thing.
Photo by Paraflyer. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Books Mentioned in the Broadcast
|Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms by Paul Dickson|
|The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien|
Music Used in the Broadcast
|Romeo’s Rasklad||The Soul Surfers||Romeo’s Rasklad||Funk Night|
|Bird Funk||The Soul Surfers||Bird Funk||Funk Night|
|Show Introduction||The Soul Surfers||Show Introduction||Funk Night|
|Rancho Relaxo||Magic in Threes||Magic in Threes||GED Soul|
|Spy Potion||Great Revivers||Spy Potion||Funk Night|
|Reaction Psychotique||Great Revivers||Reaction Psychotique||Funk Night|
|Shed A Tear (I Touched The Clouds)||The Soul Surfers||I Touched The Clouds||Funk Night|
|Hard Way To Go||Great Revivers||Hard Way To Go||Funk Night|
|Beatin’ The Breaks||Magic in Threes||Magic in Threes||GED Soul|
|Bottoms Up!||Great Revivers||Bottoms Up!||Funk Night|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|