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29. A Likely Story

In this short owl pellet, Dave digs into the origin of the word 'like', its various uses, and whether the way that (often) young speakers...

Bloomsday

In this episode, Amanda and Dave celebrate Bloomsday, a day dedicated to James Joyce and one of his most famous books, Ulysses....

One Year Anniversary!

Hoot hoot! It's The Owlish Folk's one year podcasting anniversary! In this episode, Amanda and Dave reminisce about the past year,...

Which is Correct: Football or Soccer?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss which is correct: football or soccer.  If you are American, you'll say "soccer." If you are from...

Why do we say "Good, Better, Best"?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss why English-speakers use "good, better, best" and not "good, gooder, goodest." They also talk...

Garden path sentences

In this episode, Amanda and Dave talk about the tricky sentences called "Garden Path Sentences." These sentences are grammatically...

Buffalo buffalo buffalo...

In this episode, Amanda and Dave talk about sentences that are often made up of one, or a few, repeating words. Ridiculous as they are...

Escher Sentences

In this owlet episode, Amanda and Dave talk about the interesting concept of Escher sentences, also known as "comparative illusions."...

Are door keys related to musical keys?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave determine if there is a relationship between musical keys and door keys.  Other musical words are...

Body Parts: Where are your daddles?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave talk about words related to body parts or organs.  Unique words for common body parts and/or organs are...

Technology Words: Mice or Mouses?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the question of how to pluralize "computer mouse": is it mice or is it mouses? They also discuss...

Is a resolution the same as a promise?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the difference between promises and resolutions. They also discuss the origin and meaning of the...

Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas?

In this episode, Amanda and Dave have the first of many discussions entitled the "Interview Series" wherein a guest comes to The Owlish...

A Stocking Full of Christmas Words

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss some interesting words related to Christmas. #english #christmas #christmaswords

The entire history of Q

In this episode, Amanda and Dave discuss the history of the letter "Q." They also discuss why "Q" and "U" do, and do not, go together. As...

A bag of curious words

In this owlet, Amanda and Dave discuss words or terms coined by Shakespeare, Tolkien, Dawkins, Carroll, and others. Some words discussed...

Halloween Movies

Happy Halloween! In this holiday episode, Amanda and Dave discuss Halloween movies and holiday-themed words that are associated with the...

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