By Danny Savage & James Enochs
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The podcast that attempts to explore and explain the origins of common expressions in a manner that isn’t nearly as boring as this description.
||CleanBy Hook or by Crook||A scavenging serf, a burglarious bishop, or an Irish invasion? Join us as we attempt to unravel another etymology by hook or by crook.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Devil to Pay||A treacherous task, a dubious deal, or a Norse code? Suffer with us on our journey into the underworld, as we seek the devil (to pay).||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanidiOMG – Out on the Porch||Ali Bavarian returns to the show and joins us for a rousing game of idiOMG.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinced Oaths||As a post hoc Christmas celebration and in honor of our own resurrection as a podcast, we discuss a multitude of expressions and exclamations used as euphemisms for Jesus Christ.||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMessage in a Poddle||An exciting christmas trip, an epic new video game, or a dramatic increase in real-world responsibilities? Join us as we discuss the origins of our unannounced holiday hiatus and what to expect in the near future.||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOff the Cuff||A wild west ledger, an industrial convenience, or a spontaneous magician? Musical guest Ali Bavarian provides some melodic accompaniment as we attempt to uncover the origin of the expression “off the cuff.”||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBob’s Your Uncle||An abbreviated nepotist, a criminal’s kin, or a Scottish Musical? Download this episode, Bob’s your uncle… your life is now complete.||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdiumpire||If you like baseball – but wish the rules were more confusing and clearly made up on the spot – then this episode is a home run. If you actually hope to learn anything about idiom etymology, this one’s probably a swing and a miss.||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnder Your Hat||A presidential put-down, a British bowman, or a cerebral secret? Put on your thinking cap as we discuss the origins of the expression “keep it under your hat.”||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorth His Salt||A perspiring peasant, a salty serf, or a savory currency? Join us as we discuss the etymology of the phrase “worth his salt.” Or don’t, and suffer through some other bland, flavorless podcast instead.||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanidiOMG (Version 2.0)||Jamie introduces an updated and renovated iteration of the old Idiom Savant classic, idiOMG. We don’t want to give too much away but it’s definitely funny auto focus.||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaining Cats and Dogs||Dirt poor critters, furry yachts, or beasts of Scandinavian gods? Grab an umbrella and join us as we discuss the origin of the expression “raining cats and dogs.”||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrime Meridiom||We attempt yet another idiom game. This one revolves around expressions from other countries and languages and by the end of the episode it becomes abundantly clear that we slid in on a shrimp sandwich.||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCold Shoulder||A frigid maiden, an unwelcome visitor, or a curt countess? Join us as we explore the etymology of the expression “cold shoulder.”||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanidiOMG||Jamie tries out a new acronym based idiom game (ABIG) that Producer Shadi does his best to ruin. Download ASAP and prepare to LOL.||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreak a Leg||A dramatic assassin, a kneeling thespian, or an overworked rustler? Join us as we explore the etymology of the expression “break a leg.”||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDead Ringer||This episode is a dead ringer for a funny, educational, and interesting podcast. It contains none of those positive attributes but it sure looks like it would.||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Wagon||If you are abstaining from listening to podcasts this episode would be a good time to fall off the wagon.||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed Herring||Is the title of our inaugural episode a reference to the idiom that we actually discuss, or simply a red herring?||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Hits the ground running
I'm a pretty prolific podcast listener. I'm currently subscribed to over 50, so it really means something that this show is in my top ten. There's a little need for polish, particularly in the first two episodes, but that's to be expected from new podcasters. I really like it, so I'm a little scared of the unannounced hiatus. What's up with that, guys? I need this, so get your poop in a group.
Danny Savage's second great podcast
Come on Danny, get out of the FedEx truck and make more shows.