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Author: Ray Belli

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Full Bio : Ray Belli is the host of Words for Granted, a podcast that looks at how words change over time. He is also a professional drummer and part-time ESL teacher.

Episode 89: Cheese

In the episode, we explore the etymology of "cheese," a Latin-derived word that entered the Germanic languages through trade long before the emergence of...

Episode 88: Egg

The word "egg" plays a part in one of the most famous anecdotes in the written record about the evolution of the English language....

The Proto Indo-Europeans: A conversation with Kevin Stroud of The History of English Podcast

This episode features a conversation I had with Kevin Stroud of the History of English Podcast at this year's virtual Intelligent Speech conference. We...

Episode 86: Red Herring

The idiom "red herring" is used to describe a distraction from the matter at hand. Literally, a "red herring" is a kipper––that is, a...

Episode 85: The Proof Is in the Pudding

Of all places, why do we put the "proof" in the "pudding?" Like many idioms whose origins date back several centuries, the connection between...

Interview with Simon Horobin, Author of “Bagels, Bumf, and Buses”

In today's episode, I talk with Simon Horobin, Oxford professor and author of "Bagels, Bumf and Buses: A Day in the Life of the...

**Introducing Lyceum**

Lyceum is a new educational audio platform that curates, creates, and builds community around educational audio. You can find Words for Granted there as...

Episode 84: Break a Leg

The etymology of "break a leg" is disputed, but some theories hold up better than others. In today's episode, we look at a handful...

Episode 83: Apple of the Eye

As we all know, the idiomatic meaning of "apple of the eye" has nothing to do with apples. As it turns out, the origins...

Episode 82: In a Pickle

"In a pickle" is one of the oddest sounding idioms in English. It means "in a predicament or bad situation," but it's not clear...

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