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The Allusionist
The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman

Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. TheAllusionist.org

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Episodes

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
163. Rhino Borked Guy

Provoked by current events, we've got three political eponyms for turmoiled times. Get ready for explosives, presidential pigs, Supreme Court... more

21 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
162. Self-Help

Self-help is a multibillion dollar genre of books, and Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg of By the Book podcast have... more

08 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
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
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165. Fiona part 1
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