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Say What?!

Say What?!

Say What?!

The words we say, why we say them and where they come from. But this is no ordinary language nerd podcast. From true crime to music, films, myths, legends, ancient history, folklore and everyday life, join me, Jo Vraca, as I rub shoulders with the glitterati of language to discover where some of our everyday words come from.

So we’ll be rocking through dictionaries, encyclopedias and the news to learn why we say what we say.

Recent Episodes

Troll - What do Ogres, George Michael & Chrissie Teagan Have in Common?

March 28, 2022

If you think a Troll is an ogre from northern European mythology, a beast under the bridge, you'd be missing half the story. It's about so much more. It's also about big boulders that litter the Scandinavian countryside, Chr…

Propaganda - War, Pandemics, Soap & Cigarettes, oh and the Pope

March 14, 2022

War, pandemics, politics, soap, cigarettes – it’s all propaganda. Whether it’s coming from the left or the right, your party or the opposition, coke or pepsi, propaganda rules our lives. The father of public relations, Edwar…

Hoax - Real Mermaids, Magicians and Balloon Boy does Metal

Feb. 28, 2022

To investigate the word "Hoax", we need to talk about magicians and the Catholic liturgy. This episode is about a fake word, in a way. A made up word. But what is true, is that people have been hoaxing the public for centuri…

Niiiice - Drug Smugglers, Purity Balls and the Complicated History of Nice

Feb. 14, 2022

How did such a nice word that we use to mean sweet and polite, also come to be an insult for some? Well, today's word, nice, started out as a pretty mean word, actually. Depending on your circle of influence, you might want …

ASMR - Head Orgasms, Triggers & Bob Ross

Jan. 31, 2022

Many years ago, I found a series of videos on YouTube of people making miniature food. Actual food like a burger, the size of a coin, sushi no bigger than a pebble. To make this food, faceless people use working miniature ki…

Hysteria - Wandering Wombs, Toxic Semen & Exorcisms

Jan. 17, 2022

When you think of hysteria, what comes to mind? Melancholia, anxiety, frigidity. It’s a problem that can be solved, says Doctor Dalrymple from the Netflix feel good movie, Hysteria. Until 1952, female hysteria was a valid di…