Origin of Words Podcast


Origin of Words Podcast, bilingual (English/Chinese). Located in Beijing, China. We focus on the origin/history of idioms, slang and other interesting words such as biohacker or nomophobia. We also interview education experts.

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有意思的英语单词起源 We focus on the origin of interesting words, idioms, and slang. Where do these words come from?..bilingual (Chinese and English) by Lewis Sandler in Beijing, China.
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Professor Bob reveals the truth (#120)

After 5 years of trying to interview him, Bob finally sits down in our Beijing studio to reveal the truth of life, poetry, happiness and much more. If you wanna be in the know, you gotta listen to Bob. Over 7 years of podcasts, thousand words, phrases,...
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Billution (#119)

Billution, a portmanteau of two words: bicycle+pollutionfor more portmanteaus see podcast #51http://lewissandler.podbean.com/e/portmanteaus-51/http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/ofo-chinese-bike-sharing-start-up-says-its-now-worth-more-than-2-billion.htmlK...
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Do you text? (#118)

Words with “TEXT”:  Textpectation, Textonics, Textomortis, Textologist, Textology, Text Off. More words with “text”:      Urban dictionaryYou can listen now or download for later.We are also on Stitcher Internet Radio at:Stitcher Internet Radio Welcom...
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Bad boys of health (podcast #117)

Bacteria, Virus, Toxin (toxic), Antibiotic, Germclick here:Bacteria jokesWords related to virusIf you are on Facebook or Twitter, please share this podcast.Thanks for downloading and listening.lewisDownload Standard Podcasts
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OED New Words for 2016 (#116)

Bruncheon, Osculation, POST-TRUTH, (Word of the Year)and 4 new chemical elements to the periodic table:Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element 113,Moscovium and symbol Mc, for the element 115,Tessesine and symbol Ts, for the element 117, Oganesson and ...
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Exercise Idioms (#115)

Dogs are Barking, Zumba, Body Tog, Exergaming, Fit as a Fiddlehttps://www.zumba.com/en-US/party?search=Beijing%2C+Beijing%2C+CNhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExergamingYou may listen here or download.Portmanteau podcast (#51) http://lewissandler.podbea...
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Strange Words of Science Fiction (#114)

This a repeat of a popular-by-demand podcast #95 in January 24, 2015.http://lewissandler.podbean.com/e/5-strange-words-of-science-fiction/areography, Grey goo,  meatspace, cosmic spaghetti  aka topopolis,  xenologyDownload Standard Podcasts
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University students tell all (#112)

 Interesting conversation with 8 cool Chinese university students in Beijing who share their life, loves, studies and maybe a secret or two! You can listen now or download for later. You can also listen on:Stitcher Internet RadioListen here or subscrib...
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Origin of US Presidential Words 2016 Part 2 (#111)

Stockholm Syndrome, Xenophobia,  Inauguration, Pulpit (presidential), Ballot http://chasingalion.com/lion-tracks/1113-the-origin-of-the-pulpithttp://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22447726Download Standard Podcasts
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Origin of 5 Strange Words (#110)

Tattoo, Fortnight, Kipple, Dongle, Agelasthttp://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/the-origin-of-the-word-dongle-7-leading-theories/278180/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loanwordhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._DickYou can download o...
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Interview with DuYao, PhD teacher at UCAS, Beijing (podcast#109)

Exclusive interview with DuYao, PhD teacher at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. She introduces herself, her major, her ideas on teaching and a romantic love story.Send any comments to chinalewis@yahoo.com or if you are on Facebook, c...
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Origin of American Slang of 1960’s (#108)

Bread, Chinese firedrill, Cooties, Dibs, Hunkhttp://www.the60sofficialsite.com/Do_You_Remember_The_60s_Slang_.html http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/1960s-slang.htmlYou can download to listen later.Or go to Itunes and listen and also leave a revi...
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Origin of Food Idioms (#107)

Bring home the bacon, Big cheese, Say cheese, Cheesy, Cup of joe, Out to lunchhttps://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/idioms-food.htmGet the App or download Check out ItunesDownload Standard Podcasts
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Origin of Popular Social Media US Websites (#106)

Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google, Yahoo!, LinkedInhttp://1stwebdesigner.com/history-of-social-networking/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_serviceThis is year number 6 for this podcast. We began in April 2010. It is the only bilingual p...
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Origin of Words of US Presidential Debate 2016

Lame Dick, Lame, Dude, Anchor baby, Bigly, Flip-Flopperhttp://theiowarepublican.com/2015/walker-the-biggest-flip-flopper-you-will-ever-find/http://time.com/4034086/2016-campaign-buzzwords/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lame_duck_%28politics%29You can li...
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Origin of Foods in USA (#104)

French Fries, Corn Dogs, Fortune Cookies, Meatballs and Spaghetti, Grits, Sloppy Joe, Peanut Butter and Jelly, SpamIron Man 3 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_butter_and_jelly_sandwichhttps://en.wikipedia.org/w...
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New Words by OED 2015 (#103)

Oxford English Dictionary New Words for 2015Textercise, Yes way, Man-spreading vs She bagging, Hangry, Mx, Emojihttp://www.cnn.com/2015/08/27/living/oxford-web-dictionary-new-words-feat/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manspreadinghttps://en.wikipedia.org...
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Conversation with Wellena, Chinese graduate student in Beijing (#102)

Brief talk with Wellena about her hometown in China, major studies, learning English, advice to learners of English and more..You can download or subscribe for future podcasts. Click Like if on Facebook.Itunes link:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/o...
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SETI search for ET (#101)

SETI, extremophile, The Wow! signal, Astrobiology (panspermia), Pareidolia, Arecibo messagehttp://radio.seti.org/ (Big Picture Science podcast)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication_with_extraterrestrial_intelligencehttp://www.universetoday.com/1...
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Words of Big Bang Theory (#100)

Mensa, Klingon Boggle, Autotroph, Neanderthals, Pangeahttps://bigbangtrans.wordpress.com/series-5-episode-01-the-skank-reflex-analysis/http://bigbangtheory.wikia.com/wiki/The_History_of_EverythingKlingon language https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klingon_l...
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Idioms from Medicine (#99, Part 2)

As fit as a fiddle,  Get a Charley horse, In the pink, Lights are on but no one ’s home, Six feet under.Psychonomic Bulletin & Review2007, 14 (3), 527-533http://www.psychonomic.org/psychonomic-bulletin-reviewYou can subscribe, download or copy, or ...
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English Words of Chinese Origin (#98)

Brainwashing, China, Chopsticks, Chop suey, Dim Sum, Ginseng, Ketchup, Teahttp://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/chineseloan.phphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Chinese_originYou can subscribe to this podcast or download each podcast...
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Beatnick Slang (#97)

A shape in a drape, Focus your audio, Interviewing your brains, Know your groceries, Mason-Dixon line, Used-to-be.http://mentalfloss.com/article/12540/26-beatnik-slang-words-and-phrases-we-should-all-start-usingDownload to your MP3, email any questions...
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Police Slang (#96)

Origin of Five-O, Smokey, Dick, Pig, Cophttp://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Transwiki:List_of_slang_terms_for_police_officersPlease subscribe, or download or LIKE on Facebook. Send comments to lewispodcast at yahoo.comhttp://weibo.com/5499101294/profile?topn...
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5 Strange Words of Science Fiction (#95)

areography, Grey goo,  meatspace, cosmic spaghetti  aka topopolis,  xenologywebsites for further reference: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/geekend/75-words-every-sci-fi-fan-should-know/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Nivenhttp://www.smithsonianmag...
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5 New Words from OED 2014 (#94)

Oxford English Dictionary:  Origin of 5 new words for 2014Catfish, Freegan, Vape, Gamification, SteampunkOxford English Dictionary http://www.oed.com/You can download all podcasts to mp3 and if on Facebook click Like.Please email if any questions and w...
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Language of a Comet (#93)

Comet, Probe, Rosetta spacecraft,  PhilaeThe Rosetta probe, which was carrying Philae, launched into space in 2004, using the gravity of Earth and Mars to slingshot its way towards comet 67P.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2853198/Philae...
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Oxymorons (#92)

Oxymorons can be culturally biased (American history); or two-word traditional (jumbo shrimp); or one-word (cowboy); or funny (deeply superficial).Oxymoron is also an oxymoron. Listen here to its origin.From literature: William Shakespeare’s Romeo an...
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5 Random Idioms (#91)

As Happy as a Clam;  Beating a Dead Horse;  Close, But No Cigar;  Hissy Fit;  My Badfor more info check out these related websites:www.wisegeek.org/www.phrases.org.uk/You can download any of these podcasts . Please share with others and click Like if o...
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Interview with William Jefferson American PhD candidate studying in China (#90)

William shares a little of his life and studying in China.  William must defend his PhD dissertation in Chinese.What should Chinese students do to study English?You can download this to your MP3, leave comment, Like on Facebook and share with your frie...
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Boston English (Boston Speak) #89

 ’Everybody says words different,’ said Ivy. ‘Arkansas folks says ‘em different, and Oklahomy folks says ‘em different. And we seen a lady from Massachusetts, an’ she said ‘em different of all. Couldn’t hardly make out what she was sayin’!’ “– John Ste...
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Days of the Week (#88)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday , SaturdaySunday…The name comes from the Latin dies solis, meaning “sun’s day”:Monday…The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, “the moon’s day”.Tuesday…This day was named after the Norse god Ty...
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Japanese Anime (#87)

Anime, Cosplay, Manga, Otaku, Lolitahttp://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=161575Welcome to download, subscribe, like, or leave comment. Download Standard Podcasts
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Facebook genders (#86)

Genderqueer, Androgyny, Bigender, Cis (cisgender), Pangender, Transgenderhttp://www.glbtq.com/social-sciences/genderqueer.htmlencyclopedia of gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgender, and queer cultureFacebook.comWelcome share, comments, download, emails, su...
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English slang heard on the streets of Beijing (#85)

143, spoice, dope, sweet, wicked143: I love you from Musiq Soulchild’s first album,Aijuswanaseing (I just want to sing) “Left messages on your answering machine About three or four times a day There aren’t many more ways in words that I can say So I’ll...
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7 Deadly Sins (#83)

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Prideen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins‎Please click Like or Share  or Subscribe or Comment or Download or FollowEmail if any questions?Thanks for listening.Download Standard Podcasts
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New Years Day 2014 (#82)

Auld Lang Syne, Cheers, January, New Years ResolutionsShould old acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind ?Should old acquaintance be forgot,and old lang syne ?    CHORUS:    For auld lang syne, my dear,    for auld lang syne,    we’ll take a c...
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Present Future Words (#81)

Biohacker,  Grinders,   DYIBio, Transhumanism, Nootropics, Nomophobiahttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10267574/Nomophobia-affects-majority-of-UK.htmlhttp://www.limitlessmindset.com/mind-power-products/639-what-is-biohacking.html#sthash.j9ZWXB...
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Interview with UCAS Vice Dean and Professor Liu Bin (#80)

Exclusive interview with Professor Liu Bin from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. He shares his thoughts on learning and teaching English to graduate students.Welcome to download and subscribe in ITunes and leave comments.Tha...
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5 Common English Words from Greek Mythology (#79)

atlas, chronology, echo, amazon, typhoonhttp://www.answers.com/topic/amazons#ixzz2hDlcGsPIhttp://www.answers.com/topic/typhoon#ixzz2hDq7l0zMPlease download and subscribe. Email any comments or suggestions chinalewisatyahoo.comDownload Standard Podcasts
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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs (#78)

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs ( a heavy rain). This is a repeat of my first podcast #1 I did in April 2010 because there is something wrong with that podcast.You can download any podcast and /or make a suggestion or comment. Thanks for listening.Download ...
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New words by OED 2013 (#77)

Oxford English Dictionary new words (neologisms) for 2013Babymoon, Bitcoin, Buzzworthy, Selfie, SRSLYwww.internetslang.comYou can download or subscribe.Download Standard Podcasts
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High Tech Words (#76)

Robot…As a word, robot is a relative newcomer to the English language. It was the from  Czech playwright, novelist and journalist named Karel Čapek (1880-1938) who introduced it in his 1920 hit play, R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots.Cyborg…short fo...
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Plant Idioms (#75)

A bed of roses; And I will make thee beds of roses And a thousand fragrant posies, A cap of flowers, and a kirtle Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;Bushed; The last straw; In a nutshell; Through the grapevine.You can download to your MP3, or subscr...
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Sports Idioms Used in Business (#74)

Conversation in a business meeting:Bob: Well, is Lewis going to play ball or are we going to strike out on this deal? Jessica: The latest locker talk is that our game plan is a real contender for the contract. Bob: Yeah, the other team has two strikes ...
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Science Idioms (#73)

3 years of podcasts!Light years ahead,  Not rocket science, On the same wavelength,  Sputnik moment,  Blow a fuseYou can download these to your MP3 or Subscribe in Itunes or make a comment in Facebook or in the comment space under my picture or leave y...
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Hat Idioms (#72)

Throw your Hat into the Ring;  I’ll Eat my Hat; Hat Trick; Thinking Cap; Keep it Under your HatYou can subscribe in Itunes, download to Mp3, If in China email me for a comment. Download Standard Podcasts
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Idioms of Love (#71)

Puppy Love, Hit It Off, Whisper Sweet Nothings, On the Rocks, Head Over Heels (in Love)Romeo and Juliet (Capulet, Act I, scene v) (whisper sweet nothings)Welcome, gentlemen! I have seen the day 16 That I have worn a visor, and could tell A whispering t...
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New Words of 2012 (#70)

Fusband, Earworms, Copernicium, Man cave, Bucket list, tweeps, redichttp://artofmanliness.com/2010/07/27/famous-man-caves/http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/newwords12.htmhttp://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/press-releases/23-august-2012/Please hit Subs...
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Contronyms (#69)

5 words that have opposite meaning.. The traditional meaning and the slang meaning..These words area called called contronyms, self-antonyms, autoantonyms, antagonyms, or “Janus words” (from the Roman god who looked in two directions at once). Bad, w...
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