10 Best Etymology Podcasts
Here are 10 Best Etymology Podcasts worth listening to in 2023
1. Words for Granted
Words for Granted is a podcast that looks at how words change over time. Host Ray Belli who uses language - more specifically, individual words - as a way of making connections among history, culture, religion, and society.
Play⋅ 546⋅ 1.2K ⋅1 episode / quarter ⋅ Avg Length 28 min ⋅ Jun 2016 Get Email Contact
Host Ryan and Scot talking about the words in the English language that fascinate them most at the moment, looking at their histories and origins and trying to piece together just how they got to where they are today. This is a podcast for anyone interested in etymology (the study of words and their origins/history). If you've ever found yourself happier after discovering some bizarre bit of trivia about a word that you hadn't even given a second thought to this might just be the podcast for you.
Play⋅ 847⋅ 2K ⋅2 episodes / quarter ⋅ Avg Length 41 min ⋅ Mar 2018 Get Email Contact
3. The Endless Knot
Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Aven & Mark discuss etymology, history, academics, history, literature, language, cocktails, and academics, and the sometimes surprising connections between them all, here on The Endless Knot podcast.
Play⋅ 347⋅ 2.1K⋅ 184 ⋅1 episode / month ⋅ Avg Length 74 min ⋅ Jul 2015 Get Email Contact
4. A Way with Words
San Diego, California, US
A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well.
Also in Translation & Interpretation Podcasts
Play⋅ 116.1K⋅ 29.3K⋅ 643 ⋅4 episodes / month ⋅ Avg Length 54 min ⋅ Sep 2007 Get Email Contact
5. Spectacular Vernacular
A podcast that explores language and plays with it. Linguist Nicole Holliday and Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer discuss the ways language is changing, talk to scholars and writers, and set and solve word puzzles.
Also in Linguistics Podcasts, Slate Podcasts
Play⋅ 1.4M⋅ 1.7M⋅ 48.6K ⋅8 episodes / year ⋅ Avg Length 35 min ⋅ Feb 2012 Get Email Contact
6. Science Diction
New York City, New York, US
Science Diction is a bite-sized podcast about words and the science stories behind them. Hosted by a self-proclaimed word nerd Johanna Mayer, each episode of Science Diction digs into the origin of a single word or phrase, and, with the help of historians, authors, etymologists, and scientists, reveals a surprising science connection. Science Diction is a show for information packrats who are constantly sniffing out knowledge.
Also in Science Podcasts, WNYC Podcasts, Dictionary Podcasts, Evolutionary Biology Podcasts
Play⋅ 22.2K⋅ 8.6K⋅ 4.3K ⋅1 episode / year ⋅ Avg Length 19 min ⋅ Feb 2020 Get Email Contact
7. Talk the Talk » Etymology
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Talk the Talk podcast is hosted by Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skarsgard. This weekly show is about linguistics, the science of language.
Play⋅ 3.9K⋅ 6.8K ⋅ Sep 2018 Get Email Contact
8. Why Is That Podcast
The Why Is That Podcast is a history-based podcast exploring the origins of certain terms, systems, and traditions. It answers why we do things the way we do & also explores the origins of today's common occurrences from word etymology to holiday traditions and everywhere in between.
Play⋅ 125⋅ 782 ⋅ Feb 2018 Get Email Contact
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