Words for Granted
About This Show
Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli uses language--more specifically, individual words--as a way of understanding history, culture, religion, and society.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 12: Ostracize
The word "ostracism" can be traced back to Ancient Athens. For the Ancient Athenians, an "ostracism" was not an sociological phenomenon, but an electoral vote that sought to protect the integrity of democracy. Today's episode provides a concise overview Ancient Athenian society and looks at the details of the ancient ostracism vote. For a free Audible trial, go to: audibletrial.com/wordsforgranted