Bunny Trails: A Word History Podcast podcast

Bunny Trails: A Word History Podcast

Shauna Harrison, Dan Pugh

Welcome to our whimsical adventure of idioms and other turns of phrase. Each week, we delve into the origins of phrases to find out how they came into the English language. We tell the story of how the phrase got from its beginnings to where it is today. Shauna and Dan are two big nerds, so expect some geek culture references, random trivia facts, and loads of laughs!

98 Episoden

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    134 Up My Alley

    31:55

    This week Shauna and Dan look into the phrase, Right Up My Street, and its counterpart, Right Up My Alley. Plus, a bonus look into the origin story of Sob Sister, an early 20th Century term for women reporters. #BunnyTrails Find the show notes and links to everything we do! Join the community, including our new tier with original digital artwork by Shauna! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    133 A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

    25:27

    This week we learn it's not just a picture that paints a thousand words. Join Shauna and Dan as they explore the other ways a thousand words have been used. Plus, Dan's musical mind disease. And we learn which came first, sliced bread or the toaster. #BunnyTrails Show notes, plus links to everything we do! Join the community, including our new $10 tier with original digital artwork from Shauna! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    132 Murphy's Law

    22:30

    This week Shauna and Dan look at all the things that could have gone wrong, and how they actually did. Well... sort of. We look at the phrase Murphy's Law. We step into the bitter feud that seems to exist here and look at how this phrase from the 1800s got named, maybe, in the 1940s. We just present the facts as we know them. Don't at us. Or do. #BunnyTrails Check out the show notes, or links to everything we do! Join the Community, including our new $10 tier with original digital artwork from Shauna! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    131 Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    26:56

    This week Shauna and Dan explore the phrase Every Rose Has Its Thorn. We learn the Hawthorne rose can cause loss of vision if the torn scratches the cornea of your eye. How is this helpful? Shauna knows. It's medical journals, farthings, calf-boots, and classic rock on this week's #BunnyTrails Join the Community! Get the show notes for free! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    130 Bull in a China Shop

    32:14

    Shauna and Dan explore the phrase 'bull in a china shop'. They start with silly songs before imagining Cary Grant and the Golden Girls in an old-timey murder mystery. Then it's dance battles between high school principals before settling down with a refined bovine enjoying a spot of tea. Plus a new segment to end the show! #BunnyTrails See the show notes! Join the Community! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    RETRO 55 Dead As a Doornail

    21:24

    WERE-PANTHERS?!   Dan introduces you to this retro episode on dead as a doornail where he and Shauna discuss the origins of door-nails and alternate phrases like dour as a doornail and dead as a herring. A HERRING!!! Plus, sage building advice from the writings of Bob Villa.   Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    129 Silent as the Grave

    30:04

    This week Shauna and Dan look at the history of "Silent as...", such as silent as the night and silent as the grave. Dan shares a creepy story, then messes up the outro. Shauna talks XXX, which is either pornography or roman numerals. #BunnyTrails #AfterDark Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    128 King of the Jungle

    29:24

    Shauna and Dan explore why the lion is called the King of the Jungle when they don't live in jungles. Turns out, our view of what "jungle" means today may be heavily skewed by the pop culture of the late-1800s and mid-1960s. Looking at you, Rudyard Kipling. Bonus conversations about mockbusters, animated 90s movies, and the great con artist PT Barnum. #BunnyTrails Join the Community! See the show notes! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    127 Penny Dreadful

    28:50

    Dan is an uncultured swine and did not know what a Penny Dreadful was. Shauna educates him and explores the origins and alternative names to this popular literary phenomenon from the 1800s. Special thanks to Victorian Britain for making this episode possible. #BunnyTrails Join the community and support this educational artform! Find links to everything we do! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved
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    126 Keeping Score

    29:54

    This week Shauna and Dan discuss the concepts of "Keeping Score". From its Old Norse roots to the sports and marriages of today. With appearances by pretentious kitchen appliances, Durant/Durant, and bartenders with a word about P's & Q's. Catch it all on this week's #BunnyTrails! Copyright 2021 by The Readiness Corner, LLC - All Rights Reserved

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