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Dave Shepherd pays tribute to Doug Harper's Online Etymology Dictionary, found at etymonline.com. (2:28)

Howard Shepherd and Dave talk about pronouns without antecedents. (4:55)

Song: 'It's Time,' by Amyssis (12:38)

Rude word of the week: the Unnamed Antecedent (Wanna make something of it?) (16:38)

Song: 'Hearts and Minds,' by Dig Trio (19:35)

Anticipatory pronouns (24:47)

Theme music by Kick the Cat

time: 29:46
size: 20.6 Mb

Direct download: TWN-2005-06-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd discuss the 'podcast conversation.' (2:21)

Tell us what you call a long sandwich. Call the Nerd Number, 215-543-NERD. (4:30)

The language of determination and seeing things through (5:22)

Song: 'Here and Now,' by Shaheen (14:05)

Rude word of the week: 'balls' (17:07)

Song: 'Find a Way,' by Wiretree (23:01)

Terms of surrender (25:41)

time: 32:15
size: 22.1 Mb

Direct download: TWN-2005-06-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Dave Shepherd introduces the Nerd Number, 215-543-NERD. Leave us a voicemail and tell us how you refer to a soft drink. (2:00)

Dave mentions podictionary, a short daily podcast about words. (2:42)

Dave & Howard Shepherd talk about language from the Cold War. (3:59)

Song; 'Adrenaline,' by Nicolas Johansen (13:27)

Rude word of the week: 'nazi' (19:05)

Song: 'Big Blue Cadillac,' by Kevin Mark (23:00)

Military euphemisms (27:38)

time: 36:13
size: 24.9 Mb

Direct download: TWN-2005-06-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd discuss food metaphors in the language of love. (2:07)

Song: 'I Will Love You,' by Fisher (12:07)

Rude word of the week: 'prick' (15:53)

Song: 'Blackheart Blues,' by Melissa Forbes (18:48)

Love and war, love and fire (23:50)

time: 34:12
size: 23.5 Mb

Direct download: TWN-2005-06-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT