The Expressionists

22 EpisodesProduced by Olivia Rosenman and Helen Rydstrand

A podcast exploring how idioms connect us with the past and to each other.

22 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

Tea ladies

March 9th, 2018


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 consumed beverage, so put the kettle on, pour yourself a comforting cuppa and …

Cop an earful

February 23rd, 2018


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 injury like …


February 9th, 2018


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 Shank's pony. So take a hike with the Expressionists as they ramble along with …

Always was, always will be

January 26th, 2018


We're marking this January 26 by exploring and celebrating indigenous Australian languages and cultures. We speak to two knowledgable and passionate …


January 12th, 2018


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 surprising …

Sneak peek: What's in a name?

January 10th, 2018


In our first episode for 2018, we joined forces with James Parkinson of the excellent By Association podcast, to talk about idioms relating to the footiest of the footballs: soccer. In this sneak peek James gets the …

Out with the old

December 29th, 2017


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.  Listen to …

Silly season

December 15th, 2017


'Tis the season... to burn the midnight oil while putting up decorations, and to go cold turkey on moderation! And what better way to get into the …

Code red

December 1st, 2017


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 episode we explore the weird world of period idioms. 

Bonus: Blood Sweat and Tears

November 19th, 2017


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 listen to this …

Potty mouths

November 17th, 2017


Horsing Around

November 3rd, 2017


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 many horse-related idioms in the English language, and tell the stories of a few.  We …

Mail order marriage

September 22nd, 2017


As ballots are arriving in mailboxes around the country, and Australians are going postal for marriage equality, we take a moment to talk about why …

Cats vs. dogs

September 8th, 2017


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 cat and what …

Considering caps and bees in bonnets

August 25th, 2017


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 our hats off to idioms that feature headwear.

All about the cock

August 11th, 2017


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 half cocked. …

Why did the chicken cross the line?

July 28th, 2017


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 idioms help us tap into our shared histories, both ancient and modern.

Put this in your cake hole

July 14th, 2017


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 ponder why …

And a bottle of rum

June 30th, 2017


Haters Gonna

June 16th, 2017


We roast that old chestnut about the grandmother who sucks eggs. This episode features two well-worn phrases Olivia and Helen just hate.

What a treat!

June 2nd, 2017


Here at the Expressionists we love eating and idioms just about equally. But what could 'putting your foot in it' and 'giving short shrift' …

We come from a land downunder

May 31st, 2017


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 antipodean focus for our first episode. 

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