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Say What

17 EpisodesProduced by Jo VracaWebsite

Say What - Language, True Crime, History, Pop Culture & FeminismFrom true crime to music, films, myths, legends, ancient history, folklore, and everyday life, join me as I rub shoulders with the glitterati of language, all wrapped up with a radical feminist bow, to discover where some of our everyda… read more

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Troll - What do Ogres, George Michael & Chrissy Teigen Have in Common?

March 28th, 2022


If you think a Troll is an ogre from northern European mythology, a beast under the bridge, you'd be missing half the story. It's about so much more. …

Propaganda - War, Pandemics, Soap & Cigarettes, oh and the Pope

March 14th, 2022


War, pandemics, politics, soap, cigarettes – it’s all propaganda. Whether it’s coming from the left or the right, your party or the opposition, coke …

Hoax - Real Mermaids, Magicians and Balloon Boy does Metal

February 28th, 2022


To investigate the word "Hoax", we need to talk about magicians and the Catholic liturgy.

This episode is about a fake word, in a way. A made up …

Niiiice - Drug Smugglers, Purity Balls and the Complicated History of Nice

February 14th, 2022


How did such a nice word that we use to mean sweet and polite, also come to be an insult for some? Well, today's word, nice, started out as a pretty …

ASMR - Head Orgasms, Triggers & Bob Ross

January 31st, 2022


Many years ago, I found a series of videos on YouTube of people making miniature food. Actual food like a burger, the size of a coin, sushi no bigger than a pebble. To make this food, faceless people use working …

Hysteria - Wandering Wombs, Toxic Semen & Exorcisms

January 17th, 2022


When you think of hysteria, what comes to mind? Melancholia, anxiety, frigidity. It’s a problem that can be solved, says Doctor Dalrymple from the …

Resolutions - Barbarians, Two-Faced Gods, Serial Killers & Roast Swans

January 3rd, 2022



Each and every year I buy a diary and I make a resolution to use it ALL YEAR. This is my year. I say that every year.

And each and every …

Christmas Elves & Pooping Birds - Where do Christmas Traditions Come From?

December 20th, 2021


It’s almost Christmas so there’s no better time of the year to have a look at the words we use once a year with abandon.

From Eggnog to Kris Kringle, …

What do Peeping Tom & The Rosary Have in Common?

December 6th, 2021


From Taxi Driver to Psycho, Ted Bundy to the kid down the road, the Peeping Tom is both a real life predatory character and box office gold.

But who …

Why is the Left Sinister and What does the Devil Have to Do with it?

November 22nd, 2021


Do you know where the word “left” comes from? Well, in Latin, it’s Sinister, in all of its evil definitions. 

So let’s break it down. How did sinister come to mean left and why is the left sinister? 

Why does my mum …

Stockholm Syndrome - Abba, Patty Hearst and Anna Freud

November 8th, 2021


Just in case you’re wondering, I have a real weak spot for curiosities and curious people – you know, people who behave irrationally, rule breakers …

Catfishing: A Long History of a Very New Word

October 25th, 2021


We’ve heard the word, Catfishing, and doesn’t it feel like it’s been part of the zeitgeist forever? But Catfishing, as it’s used in popular culture, …

Tomboy - Is it Time to Retire This Word? No way!

October 11th, 2021


What is up with the word Tomboy? Is it even politically correct to say it anymore? Without turning this into a gender studies episode, we’re going to …

Gaslight: Manipulation, Asylums & Old Hollywood

September 27th, 2021


Since the 2016 election that gave Donald Trump a platform, not to mention the presidency, the word has been everywhere. But what does it mean? Where does gaslight come from?

We hear a lot about ghosting. You know, it’s …

Quarantine - The Plague, Lepers, Pandemics and Goats

September 13th, 2021


When you think of quarantine, what comes to mind? Leper colonies of the past? Two weeks to flatten the curve?

A hundred years ago, when leprosy was …

Vanilla - Cake, Princesses and Bondage

August 26th, 2021


It's the most hashtagged flavour of icecream, the second most expensive spices in the word, and it's much maligned. How did vanilla go from being a …

Say What?! The Podcast Trailer

August 24th, 2021


Hi word nerds and history geeks, you’re tuned into Say What.

I’m Jo Vraca and each episode, I’m going to rub shoulders with the glitterati of …

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