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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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173. Death

"You can't redead the dead by you saying something shit," says Cariad Lloyd of Griefcast and author of You Are... more

24 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
172. A Brief History of Brazilian Portuguese

"The myths, or the received wisdom, about Portuguese language in Brazil is that, of course we know we speak a... more

10 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
171. Supplantation

Last episode, I mentioned that in London, Ontario, in 2019 a 9-year-old named Lyla Wheeler had launched a petition to... more

24 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
170. Actively Passive

Over the past few years, numerous products and places with the word 'plantation' in their names have rebranded. As for... more

10 Feb 2023 · 26 minutes
169. The Box

Erwin Schrödinger is one of the "fathers of quantum mechanics". He also sexually abused children. Trinity College Dublin recently denamed... more

27 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
168. Debuts

There’s been a recurring theme on the show over the years, of filling gaps in language, removing stigma and bias,... more

13 Jan 2023 · 35 minutes
167. Bonus 2022

What do the hippocampus, homophones, Little Women, worrying and egg hacks have in common? They all star in the 2022... more

17 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
166. Fiona part 2

“I don't think that anyone should come away from this conversation not wanting to use the name Fiona. I think... more

05 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
165. Fiona part 1

A lot of people assume that Fiona is a very old Scottish name, but the first known Scottish Fiona is... more

22 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
164. Emergency

When is a war not a war? When the British Empire called it an 'emergency' so they didn't have to... more

07 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
The Allusionist
173. Death
The Allusionist