26 05, 2020

The Letters of the English Alphabet Weren’t Added in Alphabetical Order (Cool Weird Awesome 306)

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Amazingly, the English alphabet added its last letter in 1524, and no, that letter wasn't Z. We'll explain how an Italian grammarian convinced the world to add one more letter to the list. Plus: Andoni Bastarrika is a Basque artist who works with sand, but we’re not talking about basic beach sand castles here.

14 04, 2020

The Weirdest Words Noah Webster Ever Defined (Cool Weird Awesome 276)

By |2020-04-14T07:52:03-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Today's the day in 1828 that Noah Webster went to the copyright office to register his work “An American Dictionary of the English Language.” This work, no pun intended, defined American English as people actually spoke it, but it also included some words that haven't exactly stayed with us. Plus: there are perhaps no words for the mulletty goodness that resulted when a woman in New Zealand tried to cut her hair with a kitchen knife.