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Animalogy \ Revealing the Animals in Our Everyday Words and Phrases

Series produced by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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Animalogy is about the animal-related words and expressions we use every day and how they reflect and affect our relationship with animals.

Animalogy holds up a mirror, reflecting back the familiar words, phrases, and idioms we know so well and offers a fresh and fascinating lens through which to view (and speak) them. Drawing upon etymology, history, linguistics, literature, anthropology, sociology, and psychology, Animalogy unpacks the expressions, euphemisms, metaphors, semantics, doublespeak, letters, and other elements of our everyday language that reveal our interconnectedness with other animals. Learn more about Animalogy and its host at animalogypodcast.com.


9 Pieces

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Tragedy n. “goat song” Named for the dramatic plays of the ancient Greeks, characterized by a protagonist whose flaw or error in judgment leads to ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 16:26
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Semantics play a significant role in shaping public perception about animals and animal welfare. The meat, dairy, and egg industries go to great le...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:30:28
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The practice of hunting wild birds with trained birds — for fun — is called falconry. Though it came into its own almost 1,000 years ago in England...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2017
  • Length: 31:40
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English is a remarkable language. It's an incredibly flexible, rich, diverse, beautifully fluid language that’s been influenced by many other langu...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 21:12
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Of the 88 constellations officially recognized by Western astronomy, 40 of them are named after animals — 43 if you count the mythical animals. We’...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 49:17
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If you’ve made a serious faux pas and need to acknowledge it with humility, you might be said to be “eating crow” or “eating humble pie.” In this e...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 18:43
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Roll up your sleeve past your bicep, flex your arm at the elbow, and squeeze — or contract — your bicep muscle. Take a look at it. What do you see?...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2017
  • Length: 09:32
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Coccyx is a small triangle-shaped bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and other apes. Representing a vestigial tail and most commonly c...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2017
  • Length: 05:37
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The word “inauguration" takes us all the way back to the politics of ancient Rome and the birds behind the words inauguration, inaugural, auspiciou...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 22:14