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What In The Word

What In The Word

By Portia Nagano & Carolyn Lieberman
What In The Word Podcast is an etymology podcast hosted by Carolyn Lieberman & Portia Nagano. We explore the quirky, interesting, and surprising origins of words. We also dabble with portmanteaus and slang in our episode shorts. You can get in contact with us via email at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com and follow our Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod.
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2022 Announcement
Hi y'all! A quick announcement from Carol here at your favorite word podcast. Hope 2022 is starting off well and we can't wait to get back in the saddle with you all. Stick around for the full 3 minutes to hear the shortest short ever on the pod as well as some delightful music to the ears at the very very end. Thank you all for listening! We really appreciate and love you (for real)!
03:13
January 04, 2022
28 - Rainy Punks
This week we talk about the accuracy of your local weather people and the possibility of sustainable futures. (Such a departure from last week, huh?) We hope you're enjoying spooky season and we'll see you next week!
28:43
October 26, 2021
WITW Short 27 - Why Is It Spicy?
**THIS EPISODE IS 18+** If you don't know the "Why is it spicy?" TikTok audio... we need to get you up to speed, my friend! This week we uncover the meanings of some of your favorite spoicy emojis and learn about the succinct and unknown origins of soda. 
16:30
October 19, 2021
1 - Quarantine Nightmare Re-Release
Hi friends! Today we're releasing a re-recording of our very first episode. It's our most played episode and we wanted to provide you with something that's a little easier on the ears.  Also, we're looking to hire an editor for our episodes! We're looking to hire urgently, and are looking for someone who is highly self-motivated and love tangents. Seriously, you need to love them to be able to sit through our un-cut episodes :) Please send your resume to portianagano@gmail.com. We'd love to have you on our team!
36:30
October 12, 2021
WITW Short 26 - Silver Lotus
This week's short is looong, but it's a goodie, we promise! Today we unpack the history of Mah Jong and we settle the heated debate around the pronunciation of Argentina.  Carolyn's Sources: http://www.biblioteca.jus.gov.ar/Argentina-Constitution.pdf https://www.quora.com/Do-people-born-in-Argentina-prefer-to-be-called-Argentinian-or-Argentine https://www.britannica.com/place/Rio-de-la-Plata
32:16
October 05, 2021
26 - Robo(p)op!
If you're a child or you have a child in the room, don't listen to this one. It's spicy. Today we're talking about robots and corn! https://www.npr.org/2011/04/22/135634400/science-diction-the-origin-of-the-word-robot?t=1633442879047 http://academic.depauw.edu/aevans_web/HONR101-02/WebPages/Spring2006/Akinbola(Mike)/R.U.R.%20(1921).html https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-origin-of-the-word-robot/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/549054/isaac-asimov-facts
34:06
September 28, 2021
WITW Short 25 - 10 Pound Heffer
Sorry for the delay, but we have another short for ya! Today we learn about £10 Pommes and the gross, but kind of novel formulation of the first vaccine. Carolyn's Sources: Post World War II British Migration to Australia (museumsvictoria.com.au) Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms | ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics SS Asturias
25:41
September 21, 2021
25 - Trivial Pursuit With Old Gr(o)g
Sorry, friends! I (Portia) will do a better job at researching and reading said research before an episode. But today we have the history of trivia and the story behind the word, groggy. If you like our show, please leave us a review or a rating and we'll see you next week! Carolyn's Sources: https://www.etymonline.com/word/trivial https://www.sporcle.com/blog/2017/06/a-short-history-of-trivia/ https://uselessetymology.com/2020/09/05/965/ https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2020/01/in-a-word-trivia-three-ways/
36:14
August 31, 2021
WITW Short 24 - Gee Wilikers, O(h)nomatopoeia
Oh gee, oh no! This short has lots of banter. Today we talk about the origins of gee wilikers and guess the meanings of international onomatopoeias. Hope y'all are ready. We're back in the groove! Carolyn's Sources: gee | Origin and meaning of gee by Online Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com) Gee Willikers - phrase meaning and origin (phrases.org.uk) golly | Origin and meaning of golly by Online Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com) Gee willikers « The Word Detective (word-detective.com) Irish words litter New York City slang | AOH Home of the Brooklyn Irish Dia thoilleachas | cassidyslangscam (wordpress.com)
20:59
August 24, 2021
24 - Coffee Devil Poop Disks
We're back, baby! How have y'all been? Thank you for hanging around while we took a much-needed break. Podcasting with full-time jobs is hard, but you make it worth it. Today's episode covers coffee origin stories and the smelly story of "ostracize." Portia's Sources: The History of Coffee (ncausa.org) Coffee's Mysterious Origins - The Atlantic Carolyn's Sources: ostracize | Search Online Etymology Dictionary (etymonline.com) The History of Butt Wiping: What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper? – Pristine Sprays Ostracism - How the Athenians voted people out of office (thevintagenews.com) The Practice of Ostracism at Athens* | Antichthon | Cambridge Core Ostracism, political practice in ancient Athens | Short history website
29:53
August 17, 2021
WITW Short 23 - Sneeze Lurking For Internet Friends
Hello! Sorry for the pause in uploads. I (Portia) am drowning in work and struggled to find the time to upload. We are in the process of hiring an editor so fingers crossed we won't have any more lags. Thank you for your patience! This week Carolyn talks about sneezelurkers and dirty handkerchiefs! Portia talks about parasocial relationships and why we all could use more time away from our phones. We definitely do want to be internet friends though! Send us a DM on Instagram @whatinthewordpod or send us an email at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com. Carolyn's Sources: https://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/03/10-reasons-19th-century-slang-better-todays https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/manly-slang-from-the-19th-century/ https://sites.google.com/site/motman/Home/information/slang
17:21
June 22, 2021
WITW Special With Carrie Hardin of You Talk Funny
Last month we had the pleasure of speaking with the delightful, funny, and wicked smaht human behind the You Talk Funny Podcast, Carrie Hardin. Carrie is a voice actor, dialect coach, podcaster, professor, and so much more. Not only did she teach us about the in's and out's of dialect coaching, but she gave us a quick preview of her killer Welsh accent (please teach us more!) Thank you for gracing our ears and our screen, Carrie. You can find her at www.carriehardintalksfunny.com and on Instagram @carriehardintalksfunny. 
56:25
June 08, 2021
23 - To Hell With Rummy Turtles!
Hello, friends! This week we talk about one of Carolyn's favorite animals: The Turtle! And we dive into the history of rum (Did you know rum is made from sugar cane molasses. Look up the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, you will not be disappointed). Thanks, as always, for joining us on the show. We hope you enjoy this episode! Carolyn's Sources: https://therumfestival.co.uk/where-does-the-word-rum-come-from/ https://mainrum.com/history/ https://www.foodandwine.com/cocktails-spirits/rum/brief-history-rum
29:35
June 02, 2021
WITW Short 22 - Iced Out Cheugs
Hello! This week we talk about all things TikTok. Are you on the app? Send us your handles, we would love to support you. Tune in for some fun internet slang and a true short. You won't be disappointed. Carolyn's Sources: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ice-in-my-veins-pose https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56886857
15:54
May 25, 2021
22 - Signing Your Life Away
This week Carolyn teaches us about the versatility of X (the math function, treasure marker, former flame hybrid). Portia tells us all about mortgages and...999 year leases?! Say no more. Head to Apple Podcasts and leave us a review and please write in at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com. Have a great week! Carolyn's Sources: https://www.dictionary.com/e/letter-x/ https://www.ted.com/talks/terry_moore_why_is_x_the_unknown?language=en http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/11/origins-mathematical-convention-using-x-unknown/ https://public.oed.com/blog/the-x-factor-the-challenges-of-pronouncing-x/ https://web.archive.org/web/20110712230707/http://www.hugkiss.com/valentine/xoxo.shtml https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-whole-lot-of-history-behind-x-and-o-kiss-and-hug/2014/02/13/0c3e218a-9341-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html https://mashedradish.com/2017/09/13/a-brief-history-of-x/
26:36
May 18, 2021
The Anniversary Episode
Listeners, friends, family, every single house pet... We've made it to one year! Thank you for supporting us along the way. We've learned a lot and hope you have too. In this episode, we discuss what worked (and what really didn't), our hopes and dreams for the future, and why we love our show.
33:26
May 11, 2021
WITW Short 21 - Unbelie-bubble Reali-teas
This week Carolyn teaches us about the dark arts, oooh! Spooky. But seriously, how many of y'all are Slytherin into Draco Malfoy's bed? Portia also uncovers the equally sexy translation of boba. This is quite the episode. Carolyn's Sources: https://www.bustle.com/life/shifting-tiktok-viral-creepy-how-to https://happytowander.com/how-to-shift-reality/ https://thoughtfulgiftclub.com/harry-potter-shifting-script-template/ https://geektrippers.com/reality-shifting-hogwarts/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2QVMQbslWM&ab_channel=Jambasmurf https://aminoapps.com/c/desired/page/blog/160-places-to-shift-to-ideas/nJEB_8kuLu8EJ8QqJL6krWRvve7dzqXKlG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjRpDWh2Cto&ab_channel=CELESTIALSUBLIMINALS
28:02
May 04, 2021
21 - Being Nice in Sin City
Carolyn's mom attended a Steve Aoki concert and stayed for the cake-ing. That is all you will ever need to know about Vegas. That's it. That's the caption.  -- Carolyn's Notes: https://www.dictionary.com/e/nice-guys/ https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=nice https://www.etymologynerd.com/blog/nice-etymology https://www.good.is/articles/history-of-nice-meaning https://didyouknowfacts.com/the-history-of-the-word-nice-isnt-all-that-well-nice/ https://www.michiganradio.org/post/changing-meanings-nice-and-silly https://medium.com/inspired-ideas-prek-12/10-shareable-facts-about-kindness-empathy-and-social-and-emotional-learning-1ec5c2f42f2b https://www.quietrev.com/6-science-backed-ways-being-kind-is-good-for-your-health/
35:36
April 27, 2021
WITW Short 20 - Hurry! This One's Gr-r-reat!
Due to technical difficulties, Portia was late on posting last week. But we are back, baby! With a true short. A true...Hurry, if you will. Eh? Eh? This week Carolyn covers Korean text slang with 8282 and Portia talks all things cereal mascots. Leave us a review, pour your heart out, pour some milk out, we love y'all lots. If you have children, Portia cusses, so cover their ears. 
14:20
April 20, 2021
20 - Big Feet, Luscious Locks
Have you ever wondered what Big Foot would look like if you gave them a good shampoo? Well, this week's episode will arm you with the knowledge to ponder that wonderful thought. Join us as we learn about one persistent little nugget named Peter and the hair care practices of the ancient world.  You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod to stay up to date on all the latest news, polls, and otherwise funny photos.  -- Carolyn's Sources: http://www.native-languages.org/sasquatch.htm http://languagehat.com/sasquatch/ tp://www.native-languages.org/sasquatch.htm http://languagehat.com/sasquatch/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chehalis,_British_Columbia https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/bigfoot_sasquatch_legend/#.YC5FXWj7Tcs https://mysteriesofcanada.com/bc/how-the-sasquatch-got-its-name/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson%E2%80%93Gimlin_film https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/05/fbi-tested-bigfoot-hair-in-1970s-government-documents-show.html https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/bigfoot-10-things-you-need-1847697 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yowie
48:18
April 06, 2021
Special Guests: LMAYAQ Podcast
This week's episode is super special. We have our pals Anthony De Angelis and Greg Baldwin (aka THE Gregaman) from LMAYAQ on the show. We talk about some of our favorite and least favorite words and introduce our new guest segment: Love It Or Loathe It. Be sure to follow them @lmayaqpod on all social media and tune into their show (they just dropped a new episode today). If you want to listen, we were on their show as well, episode 218.  You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher. Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
01:13:39
March 30, 2021
WITW Short 19 - Hot Eggs
It's a heavily food-related episode this week! Grab your white gloves out and pucker up, because we're talking about the historical rise of hot dogs and what the deal is about sucking eggs. Send us pictures of your grandma, friends.  You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. Carolyn's Sources: https://wordhistories.net/2016/10/12/teach-grandmother-to-suck-eggs/ https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2017/04/suck-eggs.html https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/185777/what-is-the-origin-of-go-suck-an-egg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teaching_grandmother_to_suck_eggs#:~:text=Teaching%20(your)%20grandmother%20to%20suck,so%20than%20the%20first%20person). https://wordsuitcase.substack.com/p/suck-egg-grannies https://idiomorigins.org/origin/teach-your-grandmother-to-suck-eggs https://etymologyotd.wordpress.com/2019/09/19/phrase-origin-teaching-your-grandma-to-suck-eggs-3/ Portia's Sources: To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher. Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
19:33
March 24, 2021
19 - School Subjects
Hello, friends! This week we are talking about Algebra and AAVE (or Ebonics). Did you have a favorite school subject? Drop us a comment and let us know. You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. Carolyn's Sources:  http://www.personal.psu.edu/ecb5/Courses/M475W/WeeklyReadings/Week%2015/Before17thCentury.pdf https://www.storyofmathematics.com/islamic_alkhwarizmi.html https://www.jstor.org/stable/2299605?seq=1 https://www.tutorialathome.in/gk/origin-of-the-word-algebra https://3010tangents.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/the-father-of-algebra-al-khwarizmi-or-diophantus/ https://academic.oup.com/philmat/article/14/3/287/1462575 Portia's Sources: https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/ebonics/ https://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/what-ebonics-african-american-english https://thehbcufoundation.org/ To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher.  Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
48:05
March 16, 2021
WITW Short 18 - Bros On Ice
We have our very first sponsored segment! If you have any feedback that would be very much appreciated. This week we're covering the history of zambonis, ice skating, and winter sports AND we explore some of the top bromances through time.  You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. Carolyn's Sources: http://www.paramounticeland.net https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/24700/making-ice-nice-1949-brief-history-zamboni#:~:text=Who%20invented%20the%20Zamboni%3F,used%20his%20family%20name%20instead https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2015/03/5_things_about_the_zamboni_-_h.html https://www.pasttimeshistory.com/skates-dutch-hats-and-wooden-shoes/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfstedentocht Portia's Sources: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a26282/bromance-history/ https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bromance https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromance To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher. Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod  Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
27:14
March 09, 2021
18 - Molten Muppets
Happy March, dear listeners. This week we learn all about volcanoes and marionette puppets (muppets)! Our favorite, Pliny the Elder makes an appearance in this episode. Anyone else think we should roast him?  As we approach our one-year anniversary, we want to know what y'all want to hear! Let us know at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com or send us a DM on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. Have a fantastic week! Carolyn's Sources: https://www.volcanocafe.org/by-any-other-name-the-story-of-the-word-volcano/ https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/04/volcano-eruption-5-deadliest-volcanoes-history/669695002/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decade_Volcanoes https://blogs.agu.org/magmacumlaude/2012/04/10/volcanology-etymology/ https://planbee.com/blogs/news/facts-about-volcanoes-for-children-and-teachers Portia's Sources: https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/meet-muppets https://barkpost.com/discover/first-muppet-dog/ https://www.sesameworkshop.org/who-we-are/our-history To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher. Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
49:07
March 02, 2021
WITW Short 17 - Riot In The Boonies
Pod-friends! How are you doing this week? Our lovely co-host Carolyn had a birthday this weekend! Be sure to shower her in belated bday love. This week's short covers the surprising military history of "the boonies" and shares the events that unfolded during the LA Riots. We hope you're well, safe, and always keeping an open mind. A couple of resources are listed below, but we will be sure to share more later in the week. See you next week! LA 92: https://www.netflix.com/title/80184131 Petition For Latasha: https://www.change.org/p/eric-garcetti-arrest-latasha-harlin-s-murderer -- Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
24:36
February 23, 2021
17 - Guscle!
Well the audio on this one... Woof. Portia will get a better setup ASAP, life is just busy right now. But we have another full episode for you this week! Carolyn teaches us about the Creole roots of Gumbo and the versatility of okra. Portia talks about muscles, mussels, and mice (Try to link those together) Have a wonderful week, listeners!  -- Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
34:55
February 16, 2021
WITW Short 16 - Simping For Botox
Another short, dear listeners. Today we are talking all about simps - is it an insult or a compliment? Please weigh in. We'll also be chatting about the origins of Botox and play a little guessing game around the topic. It's wild out there for the Asian community right now. Stay safe out there, friends. -- Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
36:22
February 09, 2021
16 - A-Maze-Ing Knights
Hello, beautiful listeners! This week we are talking about chivalric code and the history of clues! Do you think chivalry is dead? Does the topic even have a place in the era of online dating and Love Island? Who's to say. We need your help with those big bubba five-star reviews! They really help us boost our show and help others discover us. Please show us some love and leave us a review. Thank you, friends and fam.  Have a wonderful week, we appreciate you. Carolyn + Portia
40:37
February 02, 2021
WITW Short 15 - No Such Thing As Lazy Tetris
Last week of January! How has your 2021 been? I know we've only been trucking along for a month, but we hope it's an improvement from the year about which we do not speak. This week Carolyn teaches us about the fun history of Tetris (and most importantly learns about Animal Crossing) and Portia reads you an anecdote from Reddit.  Also, what do we call you, dear audience? What do you want your collective name to be? Send us some suggestions or requests. We love to read them.  Have a great week and happy listening, Carolyn + Portia
24:47
January 26, 2021
15 - Irish I Had Some Bananas
This is a late one! (Originally recorded in July) This week we learn the history of paddywagon and dive into some banana facts! Are you a banana bread bud? A banana pancake pal? WHAT ARE YOU? Let us know. Also, we have a major ask: Friends. Will you please leave us a 5 star rating? On any platform? On every platform? It really helps us out!
34:04
January 19, 2021
Special Australian Episode
This was our first guest interview, so we were still working out the kinks (sorry for the audio quality). But we were over the moon to chat with a couple of Carolyn's Australian pals, Bella and Dan! We learned all about marsupials, Captain Cook, and the importance of supporting indigenous individuals. We will link all of the books they listed on our website. 
01:02:02
January 12, 2021
WITW Short 14 - Omg, Sext!
Welcome to 2021, friends! We're easing back into the swing of things with a short! What is your first reaction to receiving a sext? Is it a coy reply or a breathy "omg?" This episode covers the salacious sending of... special pics and a common reaction to them. We hope you're ready to start this week fresh and dive into some juicy content. Without further ado, we present WITW Short 15 - Omg, Sext! Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod Send us suggestions and your weird dating stories at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com. Visit our website to learn more about your hosts: whatinthewordpod.com We release episodes every Tuesday on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify., and the Anchor player.  Carolyn's Sources: https://wordhistories.net/2016/06/27/omg/ https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Arbuthnot-Fisher-1st-Baron-Fisher https://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~crwth/LOL.html https://www.macmillandictionary.com/buzzword/entries/pwned.html https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/noob-newbie-word-origins/
30:28
January 05, 2021
Bonus Episode: Toasting To 2021!
Hello friends! 2020 has been a tumultuous year, but we hope we've brought you a little levity, a little information, and a whole bunch of learnin' (sorry). Thank you for your support of our little show - we have great stuff planned for you in the new year. This week's episode covers the sweet sentiment of Auld Lang Syne and the accidental discovery of champagne. Let's finish the week out strong. Cheers to you, listeners! Tell us your new year's celebrations at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com! If you need some quiet time away from the family, check us out on Anchor. We are also available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. Carolyn's Sources: https://www.scotland.org/features/the-history-and-words-of-auld-lang-syne https://www.scotland.org/features/hogmanay-top-facts https://heavy.com/news/2016/12/auld-lang-syne-meaning-lyrics-new-years-eve-day-song-words-2017-robert-burns https://www.vox.com/2015/12/31/10685188/auld-old-lang-syne-meaning-lyrics https://nerdgeist.com/2019/12/31/ten-facts-about-auld-lang-syne/ https://www.wanderlust.co.uk/content/9-new-years-eve-traditions/
30:33
December 29, 2020
14 - Happy Christmahannukah!
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, happy ambiguous corporate holiday! It's a What In The Word Holiday Extravaganza featuring some Hanukkah history and Santa evolutions. Excuse Portia's allergy attack mid-episode. We made it to December, y'all. Stay strong! 
39:35
December 22, 2020
WITW Short 13 - All Aboot Storms and Disease
Portia said December 1st, but she doesn't know what she's doing. Lockdown, am I right? This week we learn all aboot how tropical storms and diseases are named. We also discuss the origins of "aboot" and receive a quick reminder that AIRBUD IS A GOLDEN RETRIEVER AND WE WILL NEVER MAKE THAT ERROR AGAIN. Phew. Anyway, stay healthy, stay informed, let's get this bread (and vaccine). 
19:50
December 15, 2020
13 - Getting Baked On The 5
Hey hey hey, it's the second week of December! We're trucking along this month and this week's episode is all the way back from August! That seems like a lifetime ago. Carolyn will teach you all about SIG alerts and Portia talks about baked goods. (Generally speaking. She had a rough week and didn't pick a singular word.)  Have you seen our gorgeous updated website at www.whatinthewordpod.com? No more .wordpress, baby! Check it out and shoot us some episode suggestions at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com
20:44
December 08, 2020
WITW Short 12 - EGOT These Sweet Kicks
This week we gush over Lin Manuel Miranda and that's all you need to know. But really, tune in if you want to hear Portia's monotone voice and the story behind Adidas. Carolyn will also break down the EGOT acronym and teach you about some spin off's of the title. We are also on a new hosting platform! Check us out on Anchor. We are also available to listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher. Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod and send us stories about your favorite teachers, interesting dreams, and favorite Klondike bar flavor at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com. Be kind to yourself and to others, see you next week!
22:53
December 01, 2020
12 - Thanksgiving Special
Happy Gluttony Day, friends! Today we tell you the true story of Thanksgiving and delve into the origins of cranberries. Carolyn also serves up some interesting turkey day facts to kick off any socially distant celebrations. We've switched hosting platforms! You'll still get weekly episodes and typical content, just through a different player. We're still available on Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts, and through the player on our site. Thanks for sticking with us!
52:28
November 24, 2020
Special Asian Episode - Part 2
Sources on the webbie because there are two many to count! Thanks for coming back for part 2, friends. It was a joy to make this episode for y'all. We hope you enjoy, are inspired to research your own truths, and show some kindness to yourself. We see you, we love you, and we hope you're well. Instagram @whatinthewordpod Send us photos of your favorite Asian snacks to whatinthewordpod@gmail.com
59:39
November 17, 2020
Special Asian Episode - Part 1
We're back, baby! And we're both Asian. It took us a long time to proudly own that though. This two-part series covers topics like Asian identity, our favorite foods, and childhood memories. Sources will be posted on our site. We hope you're all healthy, wealthy (earn that COVID money!), and thriving. It's great to be back.
43:22
November 10, 2020
WITW Short 11 - Portialyn Liberano
This episode we tell you more about our names, and share some stories from our past.  If you want to peep our gram, follow us @whatinthewordpod Send us your favorite ice cream flavors and puns at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com New episodes every Tuesday!
30:54
October 13, 2020
11 - The One With The Bad Audio
Portia's audio is trash, but our content sure isn't! Listen if you'd like to learn about the colonial takeover of lacrosse and some slimy, spine-less boiz.  Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod Be good to one another. Send us stories of your first loves, cool dad TikTok's and some SoCal dentist recommendations at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com
32:27
October 06, 2020
WITW Short 10 - Privileged PJ's
This week we talk about an absolute toe of a human who vacationed in Mexico with mommy to evade arrest and thinks he's a Muggletonian overlord (oof). Partially joking. We also discover the true meaning of cat's pyjamas - ahh the levity! Do you wear or enjoy pyjamas? Namely the PJ sets? Please let us know.  Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod
23:59
October 01, 2020
10 - The Fruit And The Friar
Our original file was corrupted. But you know what isn't? Your soul. When you reach for... a tomato. We try to be religion-neutral here. In this week's episode, we talk about two beautiful things: ketchup and cathedrals!
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September 23, 2020
WITW Short 9 - There's No (Bet)ter Place Than LA
Need a bento from Sugarfish or a family meal from Lalibella, bet! (I hope I used that correctly.) This week we desperately try to use some current slang and talk about our favorite neighborhoods in LA.
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September 15, 2020
9 - Cappuccinos Are For Muggles
This week Portia & Carolyn take a caffeinated dive into the life of Capuchin Friars while learning just how far away non-wizarding folks think God is from Earth.  You can catch our new episodes every Tuesday and listen to us on our website www.whatintheword.wordpress.com or find us streaming on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. For exclusive content, check out our Patreon! Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod for the latest updates and graphics to go along with our weekly content. If you have any questions or suggestions please e-mail us at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com   Carolyn's Sources:  https://interestingliterature.com/2016/03/the-curious-origin-of-the-word-muggle/ https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v30/n11/patrick-collinson/five-feet-tall-in-his-socks https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/05/muggletonians-maps-cosmos-anti-science/ http://thedabbler.co.uk/2012/07/muggletonians/
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September 08, 2020
WITW Short 8 - Where Are All The Pokemon Stans?
TW: Suicide. Who's STAN Pokemon?! This week we explore the world of stans, armies, and fandoms. We also chat about what makes people belieb (*cough cough*) Pokemon is the ultimate gaming franchise. Peep our Instagram for fun photos @whatintheword
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September 01, 2020
8 - We're Jalapeño Business, Japan!
This week we NippON the information train and explore some history of Japan and learn about the versatility (and cultured history) of the peppercorn. Portia also really struggles to string together sentences in this one. Be warned. (We also laugh about a name of a monkey... Like the proper 27-year-old women that we are.)
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August 25, 2020
WITW Short 7 - Yelpin' Like Gangbusters
This week we are learning about busting gangs and yelping thangs. If you enjoyed this shortie, please leave us a review. Check out our Instagram @whatinthewordpod. We upload new episodes every Tuesday. Give us a listen on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or on the Libsyn player on our website: www.whatinthewordpod.wordpress.com
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August 18, 2020
7 - We're Walrus Talking About England
This week we're talking about all things England (and trying to decide if Justin Long makes a good pinniped). Global warming is a real thing, The Last Kingdom is veeeeerrry accurate, and the quarantine is making us eager for human interaction. Send us a message or suggestion at: whatinthewordpod@gmail.com Find us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod
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August 11, 2020
WITW Short 6 - Hay There, Uncle Bob
This week's Short is a fun one. We learn about how one Bob kept it in the family and how Bronys saddle up (aka congregate). What's your pony name?
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August 04, 2020
6 - No Womb For Checkmate
This week we get a competitive with some good old fashioned Chess, and see why hysteria isn't so nice-y? CHECK it out!
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July 28, 2020
WITW Short 5 - Twerk It Like Waldo
Where's Waldo? At the dance hall, learning to twerk. This week we learn about the British roots of international sensation Where's Waldo. We also trace twerking all the way to Côte d'Ivoire.  Head to our website for our sources and information on the episode: whatinthewordpod.wordpress.com Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod If you have any questions or comments, please send us an e-mail at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com
21:35
July 21, 2020
5 - How to Get Away With (Muir)der
You saunter deep into the woods and put the body there! That's dark... This week we'll talk about the origin of the word saunter and the downright enthralling history of assassin. Sources are on the episode blog post. Visit: http://www.whatinthewordpod.wordpress.com
26:53
July 14, 2020
WITW Short 4 - Holy Spamoly!
Bible, we love spam. This week we uncover the history behind our salty, savory obsession and take a peek into the Kardashian lexicon. Sources are listed on our website's episode blog page. Visit: http://www.whatinthewordpod.wordpress.com Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod @carolventures, @portianagano
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July 07, 2020
4 - Juniper on Rye
Some iconic combinations: Gin & Juice, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Gin & A Sweet Sweet Slice of Marble Rye? The last one is questionable, but this week we are exploring the origins of two of our favorites, "gin" and "sandwiches."   Listen to us on our website www.whatintheword.wordpress.com Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod We are also streaming on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify If you have any questions or suggestions please e-mail us at whatinthewordpod@gmail.com
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June 30, 2020
WITW Short 3 - Woke Up In Bollywood
WITW has become a very enlightening research outlet for us. It has forced us to grapple with our Euro-centric understanding of history and we are so excited to educate ourselves about other cultures and histories.  This week we learn about the powerful Black history of "woke" and the ever-evolving narrative of Bollywood!  We hope you enjoy this episode.
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June 23, 2020
3 - Salty Sexuality
Happy Pride Month, listeners! Please please listen to (the episode, but) the entirety of the intro. We list some important information about how you can support our pals in the black trans community! Spread some love.  This week we do a deep dive into the Alphabet Soup and learn about the privilege of loving who we want. We also explore wage gaps and seasoning with the history of salary. If you enjoy this episode and want to hear more, please check us out on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the Libsyn player on our site: whatinthewordpod@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod Check out these fabulous black trans orgs: https://www.theokraproject.com/ https://www.blacktranstravelfund.com/donate https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund https://www.twocc.us/media/survival/ Portia's Sources:  https://leanin.org/data-about-the-gender-pay-gap-for-black-women https://iwpr.org/issue/employment-education-economic-change/pay-equity-discrimination/?gclid=CjwKCAjw8df2BRA3EiwAvfZWaNC4Se93ZXCICqn4EDFti2qRHVPmxMuYzp8w-2OutqHwf-zCu1hc1hoC3pUQAvD_BwE https://www.etymonline.com/word/salary https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2014/11/08/362478685/from-salt-to-salary-linguists-take-a-page-from-science#:~:text=Being%20so%20valuable%2C%20soldiers%20in,as%20the%20word%20%22salary.%22 https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/grammar-vocabulary/story/word-origin-salary-1025118-2017-07-20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqrhn8khGLM Carolyn's Sources: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/ https://www.mic.com/articles/121256/meet-marsha-p-johnson-and-sylvia-rivera-transgender-stonewall-veterans#.3EMwgGCx0  https://www.history.com/news/gay-rights-sip-in-juslius-bar  https://lgbt.foundation/ 
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June 16, 2020
WITW Short 2 - Incels Are Cancelled
This week we’re talking about two hot topics, so listeners’ digression is advised. We dive into the history of incels (the involuntary celibate) and how a well-meaning chatroom has turned into a terrifying band of vigilantes. In the second half we learn about our power as individuals on the internet, and how our actions can make change happen. Follow us on Instagram @whatinthewordpod Support us if you feel so inclined! www.patreon.com/whatinthewordpod Have a great week, listeners. C&P Portia's Sources: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=incel https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7qqen/what-is-an-incel-how-incel-culture-grew-2010s https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/4/16/18287446/incel-definition-reddit https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-facebook-post-connected-to-suspect-in-van-rampage-cites-incel/ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/us/elliot-rodger-killings-in-california-followed-years-of-withdrawal.html Carolyn's Sources: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/cancel-culture-words-were-watching https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/12/30/20879720/what-is-cancel-culture-explained-history-debate Intro & Outro music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa
25:10
June 09, 2020
2 - Jur(Hass)ic Park
Hey, beautiful pod pals. This episode we investigate leviathan lizards and what George learned when he decided to agovaGO on vacation. George... Wipe off your zinc and unroll your khakis.
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June 02, 2020
WITW Short 1 - Twix Has Me Snatched
Our first short! Unlike regular episodes, shorts will cover Portmanteaus with Portia and Slang with Carolyn.  This week we peer betwixt two sticks to see why Twix is the ultimate chocolate fix. (We also cover its origin story, but who needs it when you have a sentence like that?!) We also learn why snatched is a complimentary term, and not exclusively adjacent to Liam Neeson and his missing movie relative(s).
09:50
May 26, 2020
1 - A Quarantine Nightmare
Welcome to our pilot episode. We're excited to share our little passion project with you. WITW is an etymology podcast. We explore the quirky, interesting, and often surprising origin stories of common words. (We also dabble with portmanteaus and slang in our episode shorts.) This week, Carolyn will take you through the ins and outs of Quarantine (and reveal the "something" about Mary). Portia explains why night lights are not strictly for children with a deep dive into the roots of Nightmare. -- You can find us on Instagram @WhatInTheWordPod, @portianagano, or @carolventures. To listen to all our episodes you can head to our archives on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, & Stitcher. -- Theme music: I'm on a Roll by Grace Mesa Anchor Ad music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
19:40
May 20, 2020