An Online Dictionary For Science Fiction’s Many Words And Worlds (Cool Weird Awesome 473)

A new website called the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction is taking us back through the words that have made sci-fi what it is and showing how much this genre has shaped popular culture. Plus: meet a planet that's barely orbiting a brown dwarf, some 450 light years from earth, a spot in the actual universe that seems more like science fiction.

2021-02-03T08:35:49-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Our Show About The History Of “OK” Is Just Okay (Cool Weird Awesome 265)

On this day in 1839 we first saw the word we use so often to describe our most middling feelings. That’s right, it’s the birthday of OK. Plus: it's also the anniversary of the time an astronaut smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard a space mission.

2021-01-20T08:35:44-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Old Is The Word “Word”? (Cool Weird Awesome 155)

Languages change over time; Merriam-Webster said it added over 500 new words to the dictionary last month. But you can also see those new additions over time through the Time Traveler feature on Merriam-Webster's website. Plus: a piece on Mental Floss explains how some of the most beloved Halloween candies got their names.

2021-01-27T09:18:04-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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