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A podcast about words, language, and why we say the things we do

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By: MIke

Mon, 12 Jun 2006 00:40:28 +0000

I just listened to this episode and was reminded, at the mention of the hyperbolic use of the word "literally", of this website: You might enjoy it, too. - Mike

By: Daniel Watkins

Sat, 10 Jun 2006 04:13:01 +0000

It seems to me that the "In Soviet Russia..." jokes are somewhat related to both of these strands...

By: René

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 18:09:34 +0000

Chuck Norris actually read some of them in a TV show:

By: FeedMoo

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 18:29:00 +0000

Great show guys! I love it when you break down a word, like, "this word means this, which is composed of this and that, which happen to mean this..." The whole fasces thing was fascinating. Shawn, the Chuck Norris facts are great. I've found that people either love them or hate them. Here are some of my favorite Norris/Mama facts: Chuck Norris CAN divide by zero. Chuck Norris can roundhouse a thought. Yo Mama's so fat, she irons her clothes on the driveway. Yo Mama's so stupid she took toilet paper to a craps game.

By: Shawn

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 15:32:28 +0000

In the spirit of the Yo Mama jokes you told in relation to hyperbole, there's a popular trend now (especially among teenage gamers) to tell exaggerated Chuck Norris jokes. Some of these are hilarious, some are groaners, but a popular site with a compilation of these jokes is at A good example of some: * There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live. * Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice. * When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

By: Dave

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 17:15:45 +0000

Charles, it is very interesting to me that both ends of the political spectrum in Europe in the 1920s and 30s tried to lay a claim on the idea of "socialism." I guess the "all for one, one for all" mentality was generally pretty strong back then.

By: Charles Hodgson

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 10:57:07 +0000

WRT fascist: One thing you didn't mention was why they chose the bundle of sticks as their symbol. The idea was that many together are strong. When I found that out it struck me as ironically similar to their political polar opposites, the communists.

By: Howard Shepherd

Mon, 05 Jun 2006 04:06:49 +0000

Error alert! I just listened to this show, and realized that in addition to saying "sort of" about a dozen times (literally; not hyperbolically), I also said that the word "fasces" was Greek in origin. Fortunately, my brother correctly identified it as Latin. My bad.

By: ElNacho

Sun, 04 Jun 2006 22:16:09 +0000

The Log is a fascist butcher. Down with the Log.

By: Daniel Watkins

Sun, 04 Jun 2006 19:50:13 +0000

While terrific and horrible may mean roughly opposing things, terrible and horrible are virtually interchangeable. However, horrific and terrific are, once again, at odds. Is it the overuse of these in hyperbole that has led to them being so drastically different, or is it something else?

By: René

Sun, 04 Jun 2006 16:42:47 +0000

The origin of the word "Fascism" is in fact the "fasces" (the rods bundled around an axe). I remember reading a text by Mussolini in a political theory seminar, where he is talking about the origin of the word.

By: Rodrigo

Sun, 04 Jun 2006 15:54:21 +0000

If this is the best podcast ever, then I have to say the podcast about euphemism is pretty reasonable. :)