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The Allusionist

The Allusionist

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99. Polari

When there were no safe spaces to be gay, Polari allowed gay men to identify and communicate with each other, and to keep things secret from outsiders. Professor Paul Baker, author of the Polari dictionary and the new book Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain?s Secret Gay Language, explains how Polari emerged from criminal cant and London?s theatres and docks to be used a code language for gay men in the oppressive 1950s - and then, not long after, it entered the slang lexicons of the general public, via popular sketch comedy and the mouth of an annoyed princess.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/polari.

The all new Allusionist live show, No Title, is touring in New Zealand and Australia. We?ve added extra shows in Christchurch and Melbourne, and will also be on in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. Leg it to theallusionist.org/events to get tickets.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow, facebook.com/allusionistshow and instagram.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In May 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
Bombas, socks that won?t let you - or themselves - down. Buy your expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and get 20% off your first purchase.
Babbel, the app that teaches you a new language with confidence. If you?re in the USA, text ALLUSIONIST to 484848 to try a Babbel lesson for free. Elsewhere? Check out the courses at babbel.com and on the Babbel app.
? Beer52, the craft beer discovery club. Each month they?ll deliver to you eight different craft beers, PLUS a snack, PLUS a copy of the award-winning Ferment magazine. If you?re in the UK, Beer52 will give you your first case for free; you just need to pay the £5.95 postage. Claim your free case today at beer52.com/allusionist.

2019-05-12
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98. Alter Ego

Today: three pieces about alter egos, when your name - the words by which the world knows you - is replaced by another for particular purposes, such as competing in roller derby, writing popular but disreputable detective novels, or being legally anonymous, unidentified, or fake.

NB There is one strong swear in this episode.

Find out more about this episode and the people and facts in it at theallusionist.org/alter-ego.

The all new Allusionist live show, No Title, is touring in New Zealand and Australia. We?ve added extra shows in Wellington and Christchurch; Melbourne already sold out; so rush to theallusionist.org/events to get tickets for Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow, facebook.com/allusionistshow and instagram.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In April 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Bombas, socks that won?t let you - or themselves - down. Buy your expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and get 20% off your first purchase.
? Babbel, the app that teaches you a new language with confidence. If you?re in the USA, text ALLUSIONIST to 484848 to try a Babbel lesson for free.

2019-04-27
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97. The Future is Now?

?There are two ways to say ?The future is now?: you can say it optimistically, like, ?The future is now! Isn't that cool?? Or you could be like, ?The future is now, and we're totally screwed.?? Rose Eveleth, of the future-envisioning podcast Flash Forward, tracks the past and present of one of her favourite phrases.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/future.

The all new Allusionist live show, No Title, is touring in New Zealand and Australia. Visit theallusionist.org/events for information about venues, dates and tickets for shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and a couple more TBA Australian cities.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow, facebook.com/allusionistshow and instagram.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In April 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Bombas, socks that won?t let you - or themselves - down. Buy your expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and get 20% off your first purchase.
? Babbel, the app that teaches you a new language with confidence. If you?re in the USA, text ALLUSIONIST to 484848 to try a Babbel lesson for free.

2019-04-11
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96. Trust

?Trust isn't a brand that you should use. It's a social glue that, when it breaks down, has really huge consequences to our lives.? Trust expert and author Rachel Botsman explains why we need to protect this word that has remained steadfast throughout its existence, but may now be too popular for its own good.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/trust.

The all new Allusionist live show, No Title, is heading to New Zealand! Tickets for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are on sale now; find out more at theallusionist.org/events. Australia: you?ll be our next stop.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow, facebook.com/allusionistshow and instagram.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In March 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Bombas, socks that won?t let you - or themselves - down. Buy your expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and get 20% off your first purchase.
? Molekule, a complete reinvention of the air purifier. For $75 off your first order, use the discount code ALLUSIONIST at the checkout at molekule.com.
? American Masters, the PBS podcast featuring new conversations with contemporary artists and cultural figures, along with a mix of previously unreleased interviews from the award-winning documentary film series. Subscribe in your podgatherer of choice.

2019-03-26
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95. Verisimilitude

When you?re watching a fantasy or science fiction show, and the characters are speaking a language that does not exist in this world but sounds like it could - that doesn?t happen by accident, or improvisation. A lot - a LOT! - of work goes into inventing new languages that sound real. Conlanger David Peterson talks about how he created languages for HBO?s Game of Thrones.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/verisimilitude.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow and facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In March 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Babbel, the no.1 selling language-learning app in the world. Try it for free at babbel.com or download the Babbel app.
? The Proprioceptive Writing Center. Find out about the upcoming West Coast USA courses in this meditative writing practice at pwriting.org.
? Molekule, a complete reinvention of the air purifier. For $75 off your first order, use the discount code ALLUSIONIST at the checkout at molekule.com.

2019-03-11
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94. Harsh Realm

On 15 November 1992, the New York Times printed a ?Lexicon of Grunge?, a list of slang terms from the Seattle music scene. ?Harsh realm? = bummer. ?Wack slacks? = old ripped jeans. ?Swingin? on the flippity-flop? = hanging out.

Not familiar with any of these? It?s OK, that?s not because you?re a cob nobbler (= loser). They were all made up. By Megan Jasper. Now the CEO of Sub Pop records, she recounts her linguistic prank.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/grungehoax.

NB there are a few swears in this episode.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow and facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In February 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Babbel, the no.1 selling language-learning app in the world. Try it for free at babbel.com or download the Babbel app.
? The Proprioceptive Writing Center. Find out about the upcoming West Coast USA courses in this meditative writing practice at pwriting.org.

2019-02-22
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93. Gossip

?Idle?, ?trivial?, ?scurrilous?: the word ?gossip? is often accompanied by uncomplimentary adjectives. But don?t dismiss it; from childbirth to Hollywood to political analysis to whisper networks, gossip may be more useful and serious than you realise. Lainey Lui, founder of laineygossip.com, and Buzzfeed News? senior culture writer (and doctor of celebrity gossip) Anne Helen Petersen explain why.

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/gossip.

NB there are a few swears in this episode.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow and facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In February 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Babbel, the no.1 selling language-learning app in the world. Try it for free at babbel.com or download the Babbel app.
? The Proprioceptive Writing Center. Find out about the upcoming West Coast USA courses in this meditative writing practice at pwriting.org.

2019-02-09
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92. To Err Is Human

If you wince when you hear someone say ?a whole nother level?, ?hone in on? or ?right from the gecko?, here?s some bad news: you might have to get used to it. The English language is full of words and expressions that were mistakes that stuck around. Countdown?s Susie Dent holds our hands and takes us on a tour of misspellings, mishearings, scrambled letters and bear cubs.

In the new Minillusionist at the end of the episode, we?re back on your favourite subject: swearing! And why the blazes are there all these fake acronym etymologies for swears?

Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/err.

Follow Susie Dent on Twitter @susie_dent for regular doses of etymology, and to keep up with her writing and tour dates.

The Allusionist's online home is theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at twitter.com/allusionistshow and facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the finest podcasts on the interwaves. Find them all at radiotopia.fm.

In January 2019, the Allusionist is sponsored by:
? Squarespace, your one-stop shop for creating and running a good-looking and well-working website. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and use the code ALLUSION to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
? Babbel, the no.1 selling language-learning app in the world. Try it for free at babbel.com or download the Babbel app.

2019-01-24
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Extra special QUIZ!

For a bit of fun to celebrate Radiotopia?s 2018 fundraiser, this episode is a wordy quiz for you to play along with as you listen. Get a pen and paper, or fill in your answers online at http://theallusionist.org/2018quiz.

Also! I?ve put together an Allusionist print-at-home puzzle book, featuring a wordsearch, crossword, some jollity with portmanteaus, eponyms and scandals ending in -gate. It?s available exclusively if you donate any amount to Radiotopia?s 2018 fundraiser from now until it ends on 21 December 2018. Let me reiterate: ANY amount, from $1 to $?! Head to http://radiotopia.fm to get your puzzles.

Let me know how you fare in the quiz and puzzles at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The show will be back on 23 January 2019. For all Allusionist episodes, extra material, transcripts, event listings etc, visit http://theallusionist.org.

The Allusionist is a member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm ? and if you can afford to help our shows keep going, become a donor in our 2018 fundraiser at https://www.radiotopia.fm/donate-2018z.

2018-12-18
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91. Bonus 2018

Throughout the year, the people who appear on the Allusionist tell me a lot of interesting stuff. Not all of which is relevant to the episode they initially appeared in, so I stash it away in preparation for this moment: the annual bonus episode! Get ready for gory 19th century London slang, the rise and fall of superhero capes, the post-WW1 trend for nudism, and more.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/bonus2018.

There is one swear in this episode.

The Allusionist is a member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm ? and if you can afford to help our shows keep going, become a donor in our 2018 fundraiser at https://www.radiotopia.fm/donate-2018z.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow. And come to see the debut performance of the brand new Allusionist 2019 live show at SF Sketchfest, 7.30pm 25 January! Tickets are on sale now: https://tinyurl.com/allusionistSFsketchfest2019

Thanks to today?s sponsors:
SQUARESPACE. Design and run a website with ease using Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com/allusion for a free trial, and for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain, use the code ALLUSION.
MYTHOLOGIES. Subscribe to the new Mythologies podcast from Parcast in your podblaster of choice, or find it at parcast.com/mythology.

2018-12-16
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90. Dear Santa

Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker didn?t think too much of it when, every year, a few letters were delivered to their New York apartment addressed to Santa.

But then one year, 400 letters arrived. And they decided they had to answer them.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/dear-santa, and visit http://miracleon22ndstreet.com to learn more about the nonprofit Jim and Dylan now run, donate, and get involved.

The Allusionist is a member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm ? and if you can afford to help our shows keep going, become a donor in our 2018 fundraiser at https://www.radiotopia.fm/donate-2018z.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow. And come to see the debut performance of the brand new Allusionist 2019 live show at SF Sketchfest, 7.30pm 25 January! Tickets are on sale now: https://tinyurl.com/allusionistSFsketchfest2019

Today?s episode is sponsored by Care/Of, a monthly subscription service that delivers personalised vitamin packs to your door. It?s like an advent calendar full of health supplements! For 25% off your first month of personalised Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter the discount code ALLUSIONIST.

2018-11-30
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89. WPM

This is a story of feats of speed and endurance, of record-breakers, of champions? Typing champions.

Recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto on 4 November 2018, WPM is performed by me and Martin Austwick. Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/wpm.

**There is one swear word in this episode. See if you can spot it.**

Get very cute T-shirts, totes and onesies with an exclusive typing artwork by Eleni Kalorkoti at http://theallusionist.org/merch.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors:

1. OXFORD GAMES makes games, word-based and not, which are great fun to play at all ages. Allusionist listeners get 20% off purchases at oxfordgames.co.uk with the discount code ALL20.

2. BABBEL is the number 1 selling language learning app in the world, with courses in 14 different languages from beginner to advanced levels. You can even give Babbel courses as gifts! Go to babbel.com and use the offer code ALLUSION to get 50% off your first three months.

2018-11-17
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88. Name Changers

Why did you change your name? And why did you choose the name you chose?

Listeners answer these two questions. Hear their stories of gender identity, family fallouts, marriages, divorces, doxxing, cults, and?just not liking your given name very much.

Find more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/name-changers.

This episode is part of Name Season here at the Allusionist, along with episode 83. Yes, As In, about having a name that is more usually a noun or adjective; 86. Name Therapy, about the issues people face with their names; and 87. Name v. Law, about the Icelandic Naming Committee and a name change that took 25 years.

The Allusionist live tour is ON NOW, at cities in the US and Canada during October and November 2018: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors:

SQUARESPACE. Design your website at squarespace.com/allusion, and use the offer code ALLUSION to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

BOMBAS. Shop for expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and save 20% by entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

2018-11-04
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87. Name v. Law

Iceland has quite exacting laws about what its citizens can be named, and only around 4,000 names are on the officially approved list. If you want a name that deviates from that list, you have to send an application to the Icelandic Naming Committee, whose three members will decide whether or not you?re allowed it. And if they say you?re not?you might have to take things pretty far.

There?s more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/icelandic-names.

The Allusionist live tour is ON NOW, at cities in the US and Canada during October and November 2018: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsor, Babbel. Learn fourteen languages in quick, fun and interactive lessons. Try Babbel for free via their app or babbel.com.

2018-10-22
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86. Name Therapy

?It?s the word that you use the most often and the soonest to describe yourself, and yet nobody?s really ever talked about how it kind of makes me feel like this.? Until Duana Taha, who, after a lifetime of feelings about her own unique name, became the Name Therapist.

Duana offers advice on how to name your baby/future adult, so their name works shouted across a playground, whispered into an ear, scribbled on a coffee cup. She also deals with your concerns about being named after a relative or parent?s ex, having a name that elicits playground taunts, or doesn?t describe you as an individual at all.

Find more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/name-therapy.

The Allusionist live tour is ON NOW, at cities in the US and Canada during October and November 2018: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors:

SQUARESPACE. Design your website at squarespace.com/allusion, and use the offer code ALLUSION to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

BOMBAS. Shop for expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and save 20% by entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

2018-10-08
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85. Skin Story

?I wanted a story that actually lives, and actually dies, and disappears.?

In 2003, artist and author Shelley Jackson started the Skin Project: a story printed, word by word, as tattoos on volunteers. https://ineradicablestain.com/skindex.html

Find more about this episode at https://theallusionist.org/skin-story.

The Allusionist live tour comes to the US, Canada, and Ireland during autumn 2018: show listings are at https://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and https://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at https://radiotopia.fm.

This episode is sponsored by the sleep brand Casper. Get $50 towards select mattresses by going to Casper.com/allusionist and using the promo code ALLUSIONIST at checkout.

2018-09-23
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84. Trammels

Why would you write books or poems or plays with only one vowel? Or in palindromes? Or only using the example sentences in dictionaries? Sometimes you need to force yourself to jump a few hurdles (and perhaps the rest of the obstacle course) before your creativity will be unleashed.

Find more about this episode at theallusionist.org/trammels. Jez Burrows is the author of the book Dictionary Stories, which is out now; find his work at jezburrows.com. Ross Sutherland makes the podcast Imaginary Advice; find him at rosssutherland.co.uk.

The Allusionist live tour comes to the US, Canada, Britain and Ireland during autumn 2018: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors:

SQUARESPACE. Design your website at squarespace.com/allusion, and use the offer code ALLUSION to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

BOMBAS. Shop for expertly engineered socks at bombas.com/allusionist and save 20% by entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

2018-09-08
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83. Yes, As In

?Really? As in the animal/foodstuff/music genre??

?Is that a stripper name??

?What were your parents thinking??

When your name is a word that is more usually a noun or adjective than a human moniker, you hear the same questions a lot. But there?s a story in every name, and yours is probably a more interesting story than most.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/nounnames. WARNING: there are a few swears in it. (But none of the people have swear names, thankfully.)

The Allusionist live tour comes to the US, Canada, Britain and Ireland during autumn 2018: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to Babbel for sponsoring this episode. Try their language-learning courses for free at babbel.com.

2018-08-26
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82. A Novel Remedy

When you?re feeling unwell, what?s the book you read to make yourself feel better? And why does it work? Clinical psychologist Jane Gregory explains why she sometimes prescribes novel-reading to her patients; and academic Guy Cuthbertson tells how post-WW1 Britain was soothed by Agatha Christie.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/convalescence.

The Allusionist live tour comes to the US, Canada, Britain and Ireland during autumn 2018: live show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events. If your town is not listed, check back soon, because more gigs will soon be added.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors, Squarespace and Audible.

Design your own website using Squarespace: try it out at squarespace.com/allusion, then use the offer code ALLUSION for a 10% discount off your first purchase of a website or domain.

Audible has a huge library of audiobooks, including many classics of convalescence literature. Listeners in the USA can get a free audiobook by taking out a thirty-day trial at audible.com/allusionist, or by texting ALLUSIONIST to 500500.

2018-08-13
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81. Shark Week

Today, we?re dipping into the Allusionist mailbag full of listeners? linguistic requests, with the help of special guest Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder and The West Wing Weekly podcasts. 

What is the expression ?beyond the pale? on about? How do you express the absence of feeling? Does ?testify? have anything to do with testicles? Do avocados have anything to do with testicles? How does the phrase ?It?s all Greek to me? relate to food styling? Can you have a caper with capers? Are sharks misunderstood, etymologically and morally? And finally: where do allusions come from?

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/shark-week.

The Allusionist live tour comes to the US, Canada, Britain and Ireland during late 2018: live show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events. If your town is not listed, check back soon, because more gigs will soon be added!

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to today?s sponsors, Squarespace and Babbel.

Design your own website using Squarespace: try it out at squarespace.com/allusion, then use the offer code ALLUSION for a 10% discount off your first purchase of a website or domain.

You can learn fourteen languages through Babbel. To get 50% off your first 3 months of Babbel, use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

2018-07-28
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Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

Hello! I?m currently in hospital so am having to take a little time off work. Therefore, instead of a new Allusionist episode today, here?s my favourite audio piece I?ve heard this year: ?S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.? from Ross Sutherland?s podcast Imaginary Advice.

NB: the episode contains a couple of Strong Terms.

Hear more Imaginary Advice episodes ? some of my favourites are ?Six House Parties? and ?Me Versus The Spar (parts 1-7)? ? and find the show?s live dates and Patreon, at imaginaryadvice.com. 

The Allusionist will be recuperating for a bit, but should be back at the end of July. In the meantime, catch up on all the previous episodes and goad all your beloved friends and acquaintances to do likewise.

Thanks to Babbel for their support of the show. Get 50% off your first three months of Babbel?s language-learning apps by visiting babbel.com/allusionist and using the code ?ALLUSION?.

2018-06-29
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80. Warm Front

Today will be fine. But wait: fine as in ?OK?, fine as in ?really rather good?, or fine as in ?no precipitation?? When you?re a TV weather forecaster, you have to deal with the mismatch of your specialist vocabulary with that of the meteorological laypeople watching ? as well as cover all the weather across a whole country, translate conditions into something the viewer can identify with, and warn people about cyclones without making them too panicked. Or not panicked enough to take sensible cyclone precautions. Nate Byrne, who presents the weather for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation?s News Breakfast, breezes in to shower us with meteorological knowledge.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/warm-front.

See the Allusionist on stages in Australia and New Zealand in June and July 2018: live show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events. Northern hemisphere-dwellers: check back soon, because more gigs are about to be added!

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe. Visit http://simplisafe.com/allusionist to learn about how SimpliSafe can protect your home.

2018-06-17
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79. Queer

Strange or obtuse; a stinging homophobic slur; a radical political rejection of normativity; a broad term encompassing every and any variation on sexual orientation and gender identity: the word ?queer? has a multifarious past and complicated present. Tracing its movements are Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from Nancy podcast, Eric Marcus from Making Gay History, historian and author Amy Sueyoshi, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye. 

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/queer. Content note: this episodes contains discussions of sexuality and sexual acts, as well as some problematic terms.

See the Allusionist live in Australia and New Zealand in the next month: show listings are at http://theallusionist.org/events

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

This episode is sponsored by Bombas and Babbel.

Get a 20% discount on Bombas?s expertly engineered socks by visiting http://bombas.com/allusionist and entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

There are fourteen languages you can learn via Babbel, the number 1 selling language app in the world. To get 50% off your first 3 months of Babbel, use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

2018-06-03
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78. Oot in the Open

You are born and raised in a household speaking a language. Then you start going to school, and that language is banned. If you speak it, you?ll be punished physically or psychologically. Across your country, there are people like you who associate their first language with shame, or not even being a language at all. This is the predicament of the Scots language.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/scots.

I have several events coming up ? in the next few weeks, the live Allusionist stage spectacular is hitting Australia and New Zealand. Check the listings at http://theallusionist.org/events

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

This episode is sponsored by Bombas and Babbel.

Get a 20% discount on Bombas?s expertly engineered socks by visiting http://bombas.com/allusionist and entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

There are fourteen languages you can learn via Babbel, the number 1 selling language app in the world. To get 50% off your first 3 months of Babbel, use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

2018-05-21
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42+43. Survival: The Key rerun

To accompany the current Allusionist miniseries Survival, about minority languages facing suppression and extinction, we?re revisiting this double bill of The Key episodes about why languages die and how they can be resuscitated. The Rosetta Stone and its modern equivalent the Rosetta Disk preserve writing systems to be read by future generations. But how do those generations decipher text that wasn?t written with the expectation of requiring decipherment?

Features mild scenes of linguistic apocalypse.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/survival-key.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

I have several events coming up ? live Allusionists and Bugles and the Radiotopia tour. Check the listings at http://theallusionist.org/events

This episode is sponsored by Babbel and Bombas.

Babbel offers interactive fun courses to learn 14 different languages. To get 50% off your first 3 months of Babbel, use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

You can get a 20% discount on Bombas?s expertly engineered socks by visiting http://bombas.com/allusionist and entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

2018-05-05
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77. Survival part 1: Second Home

There are two main places in the world where the Welsh language is spoken: Wales, and the Chubut Province in Patagonia. How did this ancient language take root in rural Argentina, 12,000km away from its home base?

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/survival1.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

I have several events coming up ? live Allusionists and Bugles and the Radiotopia tour. Check the listings at http://theallusionist.org/events

This episode is sponsored by Bombas. Get a 20% discount on their expertly engineered socks by visiting http://bombas.com/allusionist and entering the offer ALLUSIONIST in the checkout code space.

2018-04-21
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76. Across the Pond

Pavement/sidewalk; football/soccer; bum bag/fanny pack: we know that the English language is different in the UK and the USA. But why? Linguist Lynne Murphy points out the geographical, cultural and social influences that separate the common language.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/across-the-pond.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

Radiotopia is going on tour! Join us in May at theatres in Atlanta, Durham, DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. Get your tickets at http://radiotopia.fm/live. You can also see the Allusionist live in Australia ? http://theallusionist.org/events

Today?s sponsors are Squarespace and Babbel. Start your website at http://squarespace.com/allusion and to get a 10% discount off your first purchase of a website or domain, use the code ALLUSION.

Learn a new language with Babbel and get 50% off your first 3 months: use the code ALLUSION when you go to http://babbel.com/allusion.

2018-04-07
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75. Ear Hustling

Today we?re going inside to open up the unofficial dictionary of San Quentin state prison, compiled by Earlonne Woods of Ear Hustle podcast.

Content note: this episode contains some Adult Terms.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/ear-hustling.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves ? such as Ear Hustle. Hear all the shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

The Allusionist?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

Radiotopia is going on tour! Join us in May at theatres in Atlanta, Durham, DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. Get your tickets at http://radiotopia.fm/live. You can also see the Allusionist live in Australia ? http://theallusionist.org/events

Today?s episode is sponsored by Babbel. Learn a new language with 50% off your first 3 months: use the code ALLUSION when you go to babbel.com/allusion.

2018-03-23
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74. Take A Swear Pill

CONTENT WARNING: there is swearing in this episode. But the happy news is: swearing is good for you! Dr Emma Byrne, author of Swearing Is Good For You, explains how swearing can be beneficial to your physical health and emotional wellbeing, while Matt Fidler of Very Bad Words podcast gives some tips to ensure you swear properly to optimise the positive effects.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/swear-pill.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them all at http://radiotopia.fm, and see several of us perform live in May on the Radiotopia East Coast Tour. Tickets are on sale now at http://radiotopia.fm/live.

Today?s sponsors are:

i. Squarespace: start building your website at http://squarespace.com, and when you sign up, use the offer code ALLUSION for 10% off your first purchase of your website or domain.

ii. Babbel, the world?s no.1 selling language learning app. To get 50% off your first 3 months of learning one of 14 languages, go to http://babbel.com/allusion and use the code ALLUSION.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2018-03-09
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73. Supername!

Up in the sky: look! It?s an adjective! It?s a noun! It?s?Adjectivenoun! 

Your friendly neighbourhood superheroes might have thrilling and varied powers and spandex garments, but the way their names are concocted have followed only a handful of formulae in the past 80 years, since Superman sent superheroes soaring. 

(Yes, alliteration is one such naming formula.)

Glen Weldon of Pop Culture Happy Hour traces the supername?s development from Adjective+Gender through Colour+Noun to Normal Name and Lone Noun.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/supername.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them all at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

This episode is sponsored by Audible ? listeners in the US can get a free audiobook by taking out a trial membership at http://audible.com/allusionist or by texting 500-500.

Radiotopia is going on tour! Join us in May at theatres in Atlanta, Durham, DC, Philly, NYC and Boston. Get your tickets at http://radiotopia.fm/live.

2018-02-24
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72. Hey

?Hey.?

?Going to the supermarket, want me to get you anything??

?Puppies or ice cream??

?What?s your glasses prescription??

?I wanna ***** your *********.?

If you?ve used a dating app, maybe you?ve received one of the above messages from a stranger, or sent them. Striking up an interaction with someone is a tricky business. Why Oh Why and Longest Shortest Time host Andrea Silenzi opens up her phone to analyse the kinds of opening messages people send on dating apps, and how easily they can land badly.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/hey, and hear Andrea hosting The Longest Shortest Time podcast on your podblasters of choice.

Content note: this episode contains a couple of instances of Adult Language and references to Adult Behaviours.

Today?s sponsors are Squarespace ? try it out at http://squarespace.com, and when you sign up, use the offer code ALLUSION ? and Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller which you can hear on all the podcatchers and at https://www.inflectionpointradio.org.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them all at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2018-02-09
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71. Triumph/Trumpet/Top/Fart

It?s a year since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. And in that year, he?s caused a lot of changes in the job of constitutional law professor Elizabeth Joh of TrumpConLaw podcast ? in particular, one verb is now off limits.

Plus: Paul Anthony Jones, aka etymologist extraordinaire Haggard Hawks, describes how politicians? names work their way into our vocabularies.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/trump. Today?s sponsors are Squarespace ? http://squarespace.com, offer code ALLUSION ? and Audible ? http://audible.com/allusionist.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them all at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2018-01-26
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70. Bonus 2017

It?s the annual bonus episode. Throughout the year, the people who appear on the show tell me a lot of interesting stuff, not all of which is relevant to the episode they initially appeared in, so I stash it away in preparation for this moment. This year, hear about the history of roller skates, zazzification, giant origami, the heat death of the universe and more.

Find information about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/bonus2017.

Come to see the live Allusionist show at SF Sketchfest, 10pm 12 January at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now at http://tinyurl.com/allusionistsfsketchfest2017.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them at http://radiotopia.fm.

Thanks to Mailchimp for sponsoring this episode. http://mailchimp.com.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-12-23
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69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

Charles Dickens wrote about the plight of the impoverished and destitute members of British society. So how come his name is a synonym for rosy-cheeked, full-stomached, fattened-goose, hearty merry ?God bless us every one? Christmas?

Avery Trufelman and Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible report from the streets of Victorian London at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair in Daly City, California, while historian Greg Jenner explains the origins of the festive traditions for which Dickens gets the credit, without even wanting the credit ? in fact, his motivation for writing A Christmas Carol was far from a cash-in on Christmas.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/dickens-christmas.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them at http://radiotopia.fm.

Come to see the live Allusionist show at SF Sketchfest, 10pm 12 January at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now at http://tinyurl.com/allusionistsfsketchfest2017.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-12-09
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68. Curse Soup

Somebody has really ticked you off. You?re all steamed up inside and you want to vent that rage using words, but you don?t want to confront them directly because you?re either too polite or too cowardly. So do you:

A. Subtweet them.

B. With your finger, scrawl an insulting message into the dirt on their car.

C. Get a small sheet of lead, scratch into it a message cursing your enemies, roll it up and throw it into your nearest sacred spring?

Oh, I forgot to mention that it?s 1700-2000 years ago and you?re living in the Ancient Roman Empire, so the answer is C.

Stephen Clews, the manager of the Roman baths at Bath, shows us the curses that were sloshing around in the waters for hundreds of years.

NB One category A and one category B swear appear in this episode.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/curse-tablets.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Hear them all at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-11-25
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67. Open Me part II

You?re holding a letter. What?s inside? A weather report from 5,000 miles away? Some devastating family history? A single word? A heartfelt dispatch from your past self that?s about to change the course of your life?

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/open-me-2.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. It?s Radiotopia?s annual fundraiser: to keep our shows going, become a supporter (and get some excellent gifts!) at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-11-10
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66. Open Me part I

From Me To You?s Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley didn?t know each other well. But when Brian was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Alison offered to write him letters. 100 letters later, their lives were changed.

One of the newest members of Radiotopia is Ear Hustle, a podcast made inside San Quentin by and about the men incarcerated there, in collaboration with Nigel Poor. In prison, a letter is a precious thing.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/open-me-1. The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. It?s Radiotopia?s annual fundraiser: to keep our shows going, become a supporter (and get some excellent gifts!) at http://radiotopia.fm.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-10-27
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65. Eponyms III: Who?s That Guy?

Roman Mars returns for our annual dose of eponyms ? words that derive from people?s names. This year: explosive revelations about the origins of the word ?guy?. Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/guy.

CONTENT NOTE: the episode contains a description of 17th century torture and execution.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-10-14
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64. Technobabble

You?ve encountered technobabble when Doc Brown is shouting about flux capacitors in Back To The Future, or when Isaac Asimov writes about positronic brains. Astrophysicist Katie Mack and NASA JPL technologist Manan Arya discuss how science fact relates to science fiction.

This episode is a collaboration with Eric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds; listen to his episode about technobabble, featuring ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD TECHNOBABBLERS, at http://imaginaryworldspodcast.org.

The show?s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-09-30
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63. Evolution of Accents

?Accent is identity. It?s a way of encoding and signaling ? almost completely at an unconscious level for most people ? who they feel like they are, who they want to be seen as, what group they feel like they belong to.? The podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz investigates how accents have evolved in the UK and USA.

Hear Twenty Thousand Hertz at http://20k.org and find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/evolution-of-accents.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm

2017-09-15
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62. In Crypt, Decrypt

Crossword-solving is often a solitary activity ? over breakfast; on the train; on the loo? But a few times a year, crossword puzzle enthusiasts gather in their hundreds to compete to be the fastest, most accurate crossword-solver. This episode comes to you from a church basement on the Upper East Side of New York City, wherein takes place America?s second largest crossword puzzle tournament: Lollapuzzoola.

For more about this episode, visit http://theallusionist.org/lollapuzzoola.

Come to see the live show at the London Podcast Festival in September; tickets are on sale now at http://kingsplace.co.uk/radiotopia.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm, and be a pal and tell us your thoughts about our shows in the annual listener survey: http://surveynerds.com/allusionist.

2017-09-02
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61. In Your Hand

?It?s sort of frozen body language; that?s what handwriting analysis is about.?

Since it caught on a couple of hundred years ago, graphology ? analysing handwriting to deduce characteristics of the writer ? has struggled to be taken seriously as a practice. But undoubtedly, there are things about ourselves that we can?t help but reveal in our handwriting. Graphologist Adam Brand explains the ?pseudoscience/useful art?.

For more about this episode, visit http://theallusionist.org/graphology.

Come to see the live show at the London Podcast Festival in September; tickets are on sale now at http://kingsplace.co.uk/radiotopia.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm, and be a pal and tell us your thoughts about our shows in the annual listener survey: http://surveynerds.com/allusionist.

2017-08-19
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60. Zillions

They look like numbers. They sound like numbers. You kinda know they are numbers. But they?re not actually numbers. Linguistic anthropologist Stephen Chrisomalis explains what?s going on with indefinite hyperbolic numerals like ?zillion?, ?squillion? and ?kajillion?.

For more about this episode, visit http://theallusionist.org/zillions.

Come to see the live show at the London Podcast Festival in September; tickets are on sale now at http://kingsplace.co.uk/radiotopia.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX, a collective of the best podcasts on the interwaves. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-08-05
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59. One To Another

Translation, A Love Story:

Translator listens to The Allusionist. Translator hears about the podcast The Memory Palace. Translator listens to The Memory Palace. Translator immediately becomes smitten with The Memory Palace. Translator translates The Memory Palace from English to Brazilian Portuguese, and turns it into a book ? O Palácio da Memória ? which will be published in Brazil two weeks hence.

But, like any love story, it?s not quite that simple.

Literary translator Caetano Galindo recounts the trials and treats of turning Nate DiMeo?s English language audio into Brazilian Portuguese text.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/translation, and hear The Memory Palace at http://thememorypalace.us.

The Allusionist is on a break during July. There?ll be a new episode out on 4 August; meanwhile, stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow. And come to see the live show at the London Podcast Festival in September.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia.fm for PRX.org. Find all our podcasts at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-06-30
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58. Eclipse

It?s August 2007. Lauren Marks is a 27-year-old actor and a PhD student, spending the month directing a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She?s in a bar, standing onstage, performing a karaoke duet of ?Total Eclipse of the Heart??and then a blood vessel in her brain bursts. When she wakes up in hospital, days later, she has no internal monologue, and a vocabulary of only forty words.

Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/eclipse, and more about Lauren at http://astitchoftime.com.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia.fm for PRX.org. Find all our shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-06-16
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57. AD/BC

There?s a small matter I trip over regularly in the Allusionist:

Dates.

Not the fruit.

Specicially, the terms BC and AD, Before Christ and Anno Domini (?the year of the Lord? (?the Lord? also being Christ)). How did Jesus Christ get to be all up in our system of counting the years?

There?s more about the episode at http://theallusionist.org/abdc. This month, each of the Radiotopia shows is interpreting the theme Doing Time, to welcome the new member of the collective, Ear Hustle. Visit http://radiotopia.fm to hear all the Doing Time episodes, and to subscribe to Ear Hustle ? you?ll hear a preview of it at the end of this episode.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

2017-06-02
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56. Joins

As discussed in episode 51, Under the Covers part II, the vocabulary for sex and associated body parts is tricky to navigate in many ways ? but even more so if you are trans or gender non-binary.

CONTENT NOTE: this episode contains strong language and frank discussions of sex and bodies.

There?s more about the episode at http://theallusionist.org/joins.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia.fm for PRX.org. Find all our shows at http://radiotopia.fm.

2017-05-19
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55. Namaste

?You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.? Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder wants people to stop saying ?namaste? after a yoga session.

There?s more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/namaste.

Stay in touch at http://twitter.com/allusionistshow and http://facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia.fm for PRX.org. Join us for Radiotopia?s live tour of west coast cities this May ? http://radiotopia.fm/live.

2017-05-05
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54. The Authority

?Sometimes you want to make the dictionary sexy but it?s just not a sexy thing,? says Kory Stamper, lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionaries. Sorry if this is disillusioning news for you. The dictionary is not a sexy thing, but as Kory explains, it is a fascinating, complicated, exacting thing.

There?s more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/authority.

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2017-04-14
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53. The Away Team

?Recognizing someone?s humanity is crucial. Calling someone a migrant, calling someone an asylum seeker, calling them a refugee: these are official categories. But in many ways, depending on how they use them, they can change and become more negative.?

So says propaganda and migration specialist Emma Briant, as she explains the dangers of conflating and misusing terms like ?refugee? and ?asylum seeker?, while British/Asian/but-kinda-not author Nikesh Shukla wonders where he?s from ? where he is really from.

There?s more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/migration.

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2017-04-01
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