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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.

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...

Episode 81: Idioms (General Overview)

This episode begins a new series on the etymology of English idioms. In this general overview of idioms, we discuss why idioms are syntactically...

Episode 80: Cannibal

This episode is brought to you by Yabla. Language immersion with authentic video. For your risk-free 15-day trial, sign up here. The word...

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