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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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182. Siblings of Chaos

Lexicographer, author and Dictionary Corner resident Susie Dent has been studying words to make us feel happy. She brings etymologies... more

24 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
181. Cairns

There's an abiding myth that the landmark dictionaries are the work of one man, in a dusty paper-filled garrett tirelessly... more

13 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
180. Project ENABLE

Sterling Martin was in grad school, studying C. elegans worms, when COVID19 hit and suddenly he found himself in lexicography,... more

25 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
179. Andy Quiz

It's the annual etymology quizlusionist! I’m on a family holiday for the first time since 1988, so enlisted my brother... more

12 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
178. Uranus

Have you ever wondered why the planets in our solar system are all named after Roman deities, except two of... more

24 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Tranquillusionist: Gay Animals

This is the Tranquillusionist, in which I, Helen Zaltzman, say a load of words which aren’t really about anything, so... more

09 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
177. Fat part 2

“The starting point is, and the research questions are all framed by: 'We know it's terrible to be fat, but... more

25 May 2023 · 47 minutes
176. Fat part 1

It should just be an accurate descriptor of my body, but the word 'fat' has shaped so much more of... more

12 May 2023 · 29 minutes
175. Eurovision part 2

Oh, you thought the Eurovision Song Contest was about songs? Or a fun international TV event that brings people together... more

21 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
174. Eurovision part 1

There aren't many multilingual, multinational television shows that have been running for nearly seven decades. But what makes the Eurovision... more

07 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
The Allusionist
182. Siblings of Chaos
The Allusionist