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The Word Dude Podcast - Your Daily Dose of Words, Their Origin, and Their Evolution
6 minutes | Mar 27, 2016
TWD020: The Origin of Assassin
Play the Current Episode During the 17th and 18th centuries, the name Assassin received a great deal of attention from western scholars, who threw a flood of theories to explain its origin and significance. The mystery is still ongoing. There are several interpretations about its origin and in our today’s episode we’ll be reviewing all...
4 minutes | Mar 16, 2016
TWD019: The Origin of Phoney / Phony
Play the Current Episode Today’s word is Phony. Just like yesterday’s episode, phony has two spellings (one with an “e” and one without). To remove confusion, you can spell them interchangeably and their both correct. The etymological source and history of English phon(e)y have been the subject of speculation and disagreement for over 100 years,...
5 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
TWD018: The Origin of Whiskey / Whisky
Play the Current Episode What is whiskey? It’s a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whiskey is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak. The Word Whiskey comes from the...
5 minutes | Mar 14, 2016
TWD017: The Origin of Sadism and Masochism – Sadomasochism
Play the Current Episode You know that when two words like “sadism” meaning (the tendency to derive pleasure) and “masochism,” (the enjoyment of an activity that appears to be painful or tedious) come together they form one word and term known as “Sadomasochism”. Yeah that’s right, a kind of unique and different word of sorts....
5 minutes | Mar 11, 2016
TWD014: The Origin of Mesmerize – Or is it Hypnotize?
Play the Current Episode Mesmerize means to hypnotize; to spellbind; to fascinate; to compel by fascination. It’s the kind of feeling you have when you just cannot take your eyes from something, despite any distractions, one where the outside world seems to disappear and all your focus is on that which mesmerizes. The origin of...
6 minutes | Mar 10, 2016
TWD013: The Origin of Boycott – Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee?
Play the Current Episode You probably already know that Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, & Spike Lee Boycotted the Oscars and refused to attend the Award Ceremony? They did this because they felt like the Oscars and the awards given historically have been given predominately to white people. I don’t have an opinion one way...
4 minutes | Mar 9, 2016
TWD012: The Origin of Derrick – Zoolander? What is this? A podcast for ants?
Play the Current Episode We’re actually talking about an Oil Derrick. It originates from the name of a well known sixteenth century executioner? More specifically, it comes from a man named Thomas Derrick. Thomas Derrick was a soldier who, along with his cohorts, went raiding in France. As a result of their activity, 24 men...
5 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
TWD 011: The Origin of Mentor – Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Play the Current Episode The Word Mentor has recently gained popularity in the professional world where it is thought to be smart for having a mentor, having a trusted advisor or someone to help guide you in your career. And it is believed in today’s world that having a good mentor makes things easier for...
6 minutes | Mar 7, 2016
TWD 010: The Origin of Draconian – Well, That Was Harsh!
Play the Current Episode The word Draconian means extremely harsh. It describes a punishment that is overly harsh relative to the crime or transgression. Normally done for the purpose of making an example for others. It is often issued out of fear or anger by an authority. For those of you who recall your Greek...
5 minutes | Mar 6, 2016
TWD 009: The Origin of Silhouette – Hiding in the Shadows
Play the Current Episode Our word today is silhouette. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a light background, usually white, or none at all. The silhouette differs from an outline, which depicts the edge of an object in a linear form, while a silhouette appears as a...
7 minutes | Mar 5, 2016
TWD 008: The Origin of Mickey Mouse – Walt Disney, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, and Water Molecules
Current Episode Mickey Mouse turned 87 years old last November, and there’s still not a gray hair on him. Certainly, he’s somewhat rounder, somewhat stockier, and he’s been wearing the same clothes for quite a long time, however all things considered he still looks pretty great. Indeed, Mickey hasn’t had any film in three years...
4 minutes | Mar 4, 2016
TWD 007: Are You Crazy? The Origin of the Word Lunatic – Guest Star: Corbin Ragan as Eric
Current Episode The term “Lunatic” originated from Latin word “lunaticus” referring to epilepsy and madness, a disease caused by the moon, and it simply means “of the moon” or “moonstruck”. So craziness is sometimes associated with moon. It makes you wonder if something so beautiful can actually be the cause of something so bad. The...
4 minutes | Mar 3, 2016
TWD 006: The Origin of Quarantine – Albert Einstein? No, probably not.
Current Episode Our word today is “Quarantine” But before we dig into quarantine, let’s look more closely at a related number. That number is forty. The number forty has biblical significance. According to the bible, It rained for forty days and forty nights. Moses was forty years old when God called him, Moses kept the herd...
5 minutes | Mar 2, 2016
TWD 005: The Origin of Spam and Monty Python’s Flying Circus
We’ve all opened that email that promises that someone in Nigeria is ready to solicit a partnership and is ready to transfer me 7.5 Million Dollars. Well, wouldn’t that be nice? Of course, it isn’t real and most of us have grown to recognize the red flags that accompany such a message. What we’re talking...
6 minutes | Mar 1, 2016
TWD 004: The Origin of the Word Lead as it Pertains to Pencils
In this episode, we learn about the origin of the word Lead, its relationship to pencils, and how it’s name got off to a rocky start. Current Episode All Episodes To subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE. Key items mentioned in this podcast (click on a topic to learn more): Lead Pencil...
3 minutes | Feb 28, 2016
TWD 003: Shhh…. I hear something. It’s the Origin of Eavesdrop
Are you spying on me? In this episode, we learn about the origin of Eavesdrop. Current Episode All Episodes To subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE. Key items mentioned in this podcast (click on a topic to learn more): Eavesdrop Eavesdrip Eavesdropper Sir Gyles Goosecap
4 minutes | Feb 27, 2016
TWD 002: To Be or Not To Be (a Dunce)
In this episode, we learn about the origin of the word dunce, where it comes from, it’s relationship to the Renaissance, John Duns Scotus, the existence of God, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Current Episode All Episodes To subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE. Key items mentioned in this podcast (click...
3 minutes | Feb 26, 2016
TWD 001: Let’s Open Pandora’s Box
In this episode, we learn about the origin of Pandora’s Box. We learn about it’s roots in Greek Mythology and how they are tied to the gods Zeus, Epimetheus, Prometheus, and Hephaestus. Current Episode All Episodes To subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, CLICK HERE. Key items mentioned in this podcast (click on a...
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