The Allusionist

The Allusionist

Por Helen Zaltzman
En The Allusionist

109. East West

On 9 November 1989, the demolition of the Berlin Wall began. Within a year, Germany was unified....

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108. Enjoy!

In the last Food Season episode of the current batch, we get into the language of restaurant...

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108. Enjoy!

In the last Food Season episode of the current batch, we get into the language of restaurant...

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107. Apples

Late 2019 will see the biggest apple launch of our lifetimes. 22 years in the making, ripening on...

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106. Typo Demom

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed....

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106. Typo Demom

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically...

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105. F'ood

When is cheese not cheese, or crab not crab? When it’s spelled cheez or krab or even ch’eese or...

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105. F\'ood

When is cheese not cheese, or crab not crab? When it’s spelled cheez or krab or even...

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104. Words into Food

It’s Food Season at the Allusionist. Last episode we learned all about compiling recipes, turning...

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104. Words into Food

It’s Food Season at the Allusionist. Last episode we learned all about compiling recipes,...

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103. Food Into Words

When recipe writing is done well, the skill and effort involved might not be evident. But...

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103. Food Into Words

When recipe writing is done well, the skill and effort involved might not be evident. But...

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102. New Rules

I don’t know exactly when or where, but at some point in the past few years, I stopped putting...

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101. Two Or More

Oysters, fragrances, canoeing, space stations, God, hats, and of course people - the word...

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101. Two Or More

Oysters, fragrances, canoeing, space stations, God, hats, and of course people - the word...

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56+12. Joins & Pride

To celebrate Pride Month, I’m playing two of the Allusionist episodes that have stuck with me the...

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100. The Hundredth

To mark the 100th* episode of the Allusionist, here’s a celebratory parade of language-related...

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99. Polari

When there were no safe spaces to be gay, Polari allowed gay men to identify and communicate with...

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98. Alter Ego

Today: three pieces about alter egos, when your name - the words by which the world knows you -...

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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...

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