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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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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

27 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
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
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177. Fat part 2
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