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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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Episodes

161. Sentiment

Empathy and kindness can be noble concepts in themselves, but as terms are thrown around enough to have become buzzwords,... more

24 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
160. Coward

“Anxiety is the parrot sidekick that rides on my shoulder and occasionally squawks warnings in my ear,” says Tim Clare,... more

09 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
159. Bufflusionist

Grab your stake and crucifix pendant, we're going vampire-hunting! Well, vampire-etymology-hunting. The podcast Buffering the Vampire Slayer, which recaps the... more

20 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
158. Creature Quiz

There's lots of fun etymology of creatures and a lot of fun etymology derived from creatures, and now it is... more

05 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
Tranquillusionist: Australia's Big Things

This is the Tranquillusionist, in which I, Helen Zaltzman, say a load of deliberately boring words to distract your interior... more

19 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
157. Queerbaiting

The term 'queerbaiting' has evolved from meaning entrapment to marketing ploy to drawing "queer audiences into a piece of media... more

25 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
156. Rainbow Washing

From whitewash (the paint) we got whitewashing (the covering up of misdeeds) and from there greenwashing, redwashing, bluewashing, purplewashing, pinkwashing... more

11 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
155. The Tiffany Problem

The name Tiffany has been around for some 800 years. But you can't name a character in a historical novel... more

27 May 2022 · 20 minutes
154. Objectivity

Couple of easy straightforward questions for us to chew on: 1. What is ‘objectivity’ supposed to mean? And 2. does... more

14 May 2022 · 30 minutes
153. In Character

Chinese is one of the oldest still-spoken languages in the world. But when technologies arrived like telegraphy and computing, designed... more

18 Apr 2022 · 37 minutes
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The name Tiffany has been around for some 800 years. But you can't name a character in a historical novel 'Tiffany', because... more