Words, Words, Words: A Podcast by Robert Tinajero
By Robert Tinajero
Words, Words, Words focuses on the topics of language, word choice, discourse, and rhetoric while discussing various issues connected to society, science, sports, relationships, politics, etc. Host Robert Tinajero has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from UT-El Paso. Join the conversation on Twitter @WordsWordsWord9 or Instagram @WordsWordsWordsPodcast
Episode 56: Let’s Piggyback
A look at the history and evolution of the term “piggyback”.
September 15, 2022
Episode 55: Puns and the Most Valuable Punner
A quick look at puns, the Punslinger Finals, and a song about love and crossword puzzles.
August 12, 2022
Episode 54: A Goose that Talks - Personification and Anthropomorphism
A quick look at the literary and rhetorical devices of personification and anthropomorphism.
August 03, 2022
Episode 53: Pop Culture Body Language: Floss and Griddy
A look at pop culture body movements like the Dab, the Floss, and the Griddy and what they possibly communicate.
July 10, 2022
Episode 52: The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict from a Linguistic Perspective
A look at how Russian nationalists see the Ukrainian language as “little Russian” but Ukrainians know it to be a distinct language.
March 10, 2022
Episode 51: The New Labeling System for Covid-19 Variants
A look at the new naming system for Covid-19 variants and why a place-based naming system isn’t best.
December 02, 2021
Episode 49: Cheugy
A look at the neologism (new slang term) “cheugy”. Wait, is it cheugy to be doing a podcast episode on “cheugy”? Probably.
May 17, 2021
Episode 48: Shit! Cussing and Our Brains
A look at how cuss words are different than regular words and how cussing helps us tolerate pain.
May 05, 2021
Episode 47: The Rhetoric of Yelp Reviews
A look at the power and influence of reviews.
March 10, 2021
Episode 46: The History of English Composition Classes in the United States
A look at why composition classes became mandatory at most U.S. colleges and how they have changed over time.
January 19, 2021
Episode 45: Social Media and Being Connected but Alone
A look at the idea of people being “connected but alone” as they use their smart phones and social media on a regular basis.
January 14, 2021
Episode 44: Trump’s Rhetoric and the January 6 Capitol Riot
A look at some of the discourse used by Trump that led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
January 08, 2021
Episode 43: The Racial Rhetoric of Comedians
A look at the racial comedy used by some comedians and thinking about the possible positive and negative impact to society.
December 11, 2020
Episode 42: Motivational Words Used During Workouts
A look at some words and phrases used to motivate people during sports and working out.
November 28, 2020
Episode 41: Critical Race Theory and Critical Grammar
A look at Rutgers University’s English Department’s new policies on race, racism, and Critical Race Theory.
October 05, 2020
Episode 40: Recap of Episodes 31-39 with Two Guests
In this episode I talk with two guests about topics from the previous nine episodes including vehicular rhetoric, Covid (mis)information, how to communicate when breaking up with someone, and a few other topics.
July 26, 2020
Episode 39: Résumé, Application Letter, and E-Portfolio Tips
Tips on creating a résumé, application letters, and an e-portfolio.
July 19, 2020
Episode 38: Vehicular Rhetoric: What does your car say about you and others?
A look at the direct and indirect messages that our vehicles send. From color, to brand, to bumper stickers; what’s your car’s rhetorical message?
June 17, 2020
Episode 37: Some of the Rhetoric Surrounding the Black Lives Matter Protests
A look at “Black Lives Matter” vs “All Lives Matter”, plus the use of “battle space”, the visual rhetoric of Trump’s bible photo-op, and social media’s response to Trump’s messages.
June 06, 2020
Episode 36: Escaping Situations with Communication
Using your communication to deal with break ups, one night stands, dumping a friend, etc.
April 26, 2020
Episode 35: Awww Cutsie Wootsie Podcast: How We Talk to Children (Baby Talk)
A look at how we change our rhetoric when talking to babies and toddlers and some possible reasons why.
March 26, 2020
Episode 34: (mis)Information about the Coronavirus Pandemic
A quick look at some of the misinformation about the pandemic.
March 22, 2020
Episode 33: Love Poems
A look at four love poems and how their rhetoric illustrates four different kinds of love.
February 18, 2020
Episode 32: History of terms Super Bowl, Quarterback, Fullback, and Halfback
A short history of the football terms Super Bowl, Quarterback, Fullback, and Halfback.
January 31, 2020
Episode 31: Rap Music’s use of Literary Devices
A look at how rappers use literary devices like allusion, alliteration, metaphor, simile, simple rhyme, and multisyllabic rhyme.
January 24, 2020
Episode 30: Recap of Episodes 21-29: Baby Names, Emoticons, Advertising, Head Nods, Trump, etc.
A recap of episodes 21-29 with three guests and their thoughts and opinions.
December 27, 2019
Episode 29: Signage and the Legal System: Dogs, Sex Offenders, and Earthquakes
A look at three legal cases involving signage connected to dog attacks, sex offenders, and earthquakes.
December 26, 2019
Episode 28: Head Nods and Raised Eyebrows: The Rhetoric of Quick Social Interactions
I look at how we interact with people as we walk by them. Head nods, smirks, hellos, and what’s ups.
December 09, 2019
Episode 27: The Rhetoric of Phone Scammers + Social Engineering
A look at some of the tactics used by phone scammers.
November 06, 2019
Episode 26: The rhetoric of the exclamation point!!!
A quick look into the exclamation point and how its potency has declined over time.
October 23, 2019
Episode 25: The Rhetoric of Advertising
A quick look at ancient advertising and eleven effective words used in advertising.
September 27, 2019
Episode 24: Saying “Happy Birthday”
A quick history lesson on the “Happy Birthday Song” and the various times and ways we say happy birthday.
September 06, 2019
Episode 23: The El Paso Shooting and the Racist Rhetoric of the President
This episode looks at the racist rhetoric of the President and of the El Paso shooter. #elpasostrong
August 11, 2019
Episode 22: The Smiley Face Emoticon :-)
A brief history of the smiley face emoticon and the difference between emoticons and emojis. :-)
July 30, 2019
Episode 21: Baby Names
A look at some of the most popular baby names searched online in 2019 and various thoughts on baby names.
July 10, 2019
Episode 20: Recapping Episodes 11-19: Labels for Hispanics, Laughter, Healthcare, Vegan Terms, etc.
A discussion with two friends about topics from episodes 11-19. Topics include labels for Hispanics, sports mascots, laughter, communication with healthcare professionals, biased illustrations, and labels used for vegan products.
June 08, 2019
Episode 19: History of the Term “Spelling Bee” and Commonly Misused Words and Phrases
A look at the history/etymology of the term “spelling bee” and a list of some commonly misused words and phrases.
May 31, 2019
Episode 18: Biased Illustrations in Anatomy Textbooks
A look at the various biases present in illustrations in medical and anatomy textbooks.
May 24, 2019
Episode 17: Labeling Non-Meat as Meat?
A look at word choices and labelling choices of vegetarian and vegan products, specifically those that use meat-related rhetoric in their labeling.
May 06, 2019
Episode 16: Communication with Healthcare Professionals
A look at how healthcare professionals communicate with patients and the effect it can have.
April 26, 2019
Episode 15: Cold Turkey, Cold Shoulder, and SPAM: A History of Those Terms
A look into the etymology/history of common phrases that are connected to food.
April 23, 2019
Episode 14: Laughter
A look at how laughter is a form of communication and connected to emotions, social cues, stress reduction, and even to non-humans. Lol.
April 08, 2019
Episode 13: Political Rhetoric and Word Choices
A look at the terms and phrases used when discussing various political issues and the slogans of presidential campaigns.
March 28, 2019
Episode 12: Sports Names and Controversy
A look at some interesting facts and history about some NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL team names. Also, how should we feel about the team name Washington R******s?
March 17, 2019
Episode 11: Hispanic? Latino? LatinX? Pocho? What’s the difference and why does it matter?
This episode looks at different labels used for the Hispanic/Latino/LatinX community and why some might prefer one term over the others.
March 08, 2019
Episode 10: Recap of Episodes 1-9. Race, fertilization, sneezing, policing, car salespeople, etc.
Episode 10: Recap of Episodes 1-9 with That Boy Ralph. Race, fertilization, sneezing, policing, car salespeople, etc.
March 05, 2019
Episode 9: Car Sales-people and their Rhetorical Tactics
A look at seven tactics used by car sales-people and how to avoid their rhetorical traps.
March 01, 2019
Episode 8: Policing and Race
This episode focuses on a study of police interactions with drivers and how their language displays varying levels of respect.
February 21, 2019
Episode 7: Cussing
This episode discusses cussing, swearing, using profanities, etc. Specifically it delves into the etymology of “profane”, “shit”, and “fuck” along with bringing up questions that have to do with our use of profanity in society.
February 15, 2019
Episode 6: Sneezing and “Bless You”
What is the history of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes? Do you say it? What is your sneeze-to-bless you ratio?
February 05, 2019
Episode 5: “Speak English” at Duke University
Discussion about emails sent to Chinese students at Duke University encouraging them to speak English “100% of the time” when on campus or in professional settings.
January 28, 2019
Episode 4: How Language Created Race
A look at “A Genealogy of Modern Racism” by Cornel West and how language created race.
January 25, 2019
Episode 3: Describing Fertilization
Why does it matter how you describe human fertilization?
January 24, 2019
Episode 2: Is Texting Ruining Language?
Do we still need to teach cursive handwriting in elementary schools? Is texting killing language? We explore these questions on today’s episode.
January 24, 2019
Episode 1: Language and Sports
We look at a pre-game speech by NFL coach Gregg Williams where he encourages players to knock heads and take out ACLs and at a proposed “English-proficiency” rule by the LPGA.
January 22, 2019