By Olivia Rosenman and Helen Rydstrand
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A podcast exploring how idioms connect us with the past and to each other.
||ExplicitTea ladies||It's tea for two and two for tea on the last Expressionists episode for season 2. Yes, we're talking idioms relating to the world's most ...||8 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCop an earful||We all try to get along most of the time, but everyone needs some good insults up their sleeve, and there's nothing that adds insult to ...||22 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegwork||Humans have been walking upright for at least six million years, and that's more than enough time to come up with an idiom or two about ...||8 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlways was, always will be||We're marking this January 26 by exploring and celebrating indigenous Australian languages and cultures. We speak to two knowledgable and...||25 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKick-off||What better way to kick off a World Cup year than with an episode on idioms relating to the beautiful game? Join us to discover the sur...||11 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSneak peek: What's in a name?||In our first episode for 2018, we joined forces with James Parkinson of the excellent By Association podcast, to talk about idioms relati...||9 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut with the old||It's the end of 2017 already and, even though we're as shocked as the next guy, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet for good auld lang syne....||28 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSilly season||'Tis the season... to burn the midnight oil while putting up decorations, and to go cold turkey on moderation! And what better way to ge...||14 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCode red||On the rags, shark week, red wedding, surfing the crimson tide and who the hell is Aunt Flo? Why can't we just say menstruating!? In this...||30 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Blood Sweat and Tears||It's not just teens who suffer from the lack of a toilet. We couldn't include the full interview with Mark Balla in Episode 12 but lis...||19 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPotty mouths||You don't have to get up at sparrow's fart to make sure you don't piss your day away. Just celebrate World Toilet Day with us by listenin...||16 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHorsing Around||The Melbourne Cup is famously "the race that stops the nation" so while everyone is paused we're here to talk about why there are so man...||2 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMail order marriage||As ballots are arriving in mailboxes around the country, and Australians are going postal for marriage equality, we take a moment to talk...||21 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCats vs. dogs||We go to see a man about a dog... and a cat. Actually, there's no man, just four pet idioms. It gets a bit hairy. Why would you skin a c...||7 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConsidering caps and bees in bonnets||Do you have a bee in your bonnet? Perhaps you need to put your thinking cap on to get to the heart of the matter. This episode we take ou...||24 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll about the cock||Cocks feature in many English expressions and this week we consider three of them - cock and bull story, cock of the walk and to go off...||10 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy did the chicken cross the line?||You might know part of the story behind 'the sky is falling', but what about 'drawing a line in the sand'? This episode explores how idio...||27 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPut this in your cake hole||Baked goods have a special place in English expressions. In this episode, we find out if you can ever have your cake and eat it too, and ...||13 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnd a bottle of rum||Do you know whether the sun is over the yard arm yet, or what it means to be three sheets to the wind? Join us as we cruise the high seas...||29 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaters Gonna||We roast that old chestnut about the grandmother who sucks eggs. This episode features two well-worn phrases Olivia and Helen just hate....||15 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat a treat!||Here at the Expressionists we love eating and idioms just about equally. But what could 'putting your foot in it' and 'giving short shrif...||1 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe come from a land downunder||Is there a roo loose in your top paddock or are you just flat out like a lizard drinking? We hit the ground running with a special antipo...||30 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
With these two intellectual giants at the microphone, this podcast was always going to be something special.
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Hi Olivia and Helen,
Great work! (as my iTunes review says)...
I am a bit of a stick in the mud about the invasion of American idiom into the rest of the Anglosphere! So I wondered if you'd find out for me what the derivation of one of my most hated Americanisms "from the get go" is. I even heard a BBC presenter say it the other day in a very RP accent, and had to wonder how it would make it even into the hallowed halls of the Queen's English.
There are a bunch of Americanisms that have become all pervasive: "Step up to the plate" was one I heard in reference to a Rugby League player not doing his job properly the other day.... ridiculous IMO to use a baseball idiom for another sport. I'm sure you can use your extensive knowledge of American idiom, and trace when it started being adopted by Aussies and other English speakers, as the source for an episode.
Oh - and my other least favourite morphing of an idiom over the last decade or two is the perversion of "The proof of the pudding is in the eating" meaning that you have to "taste" the result at the end of a process to work out if it was worthwhile, versus the newer, almost pervasive version: "The proof is in the pudding" - meaning almost nothing, as far as I can determine.