Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

Michael Rosen shares his love of words and looks at our lives past and present through the prism of language.

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  • Is the double entendre in rude health?

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

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    28 mins

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    Arthur Bostrom examines the origins, colourful history and new era of the double entendre.

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  • Talking about Cancer

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

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    28 mins

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    The writer Graham Joyce presents a personal exploration of the language around cancer. With contributions from Consultant Haematologist Dr Ben Kennedy and writer Peter Crowther.

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  • How the Telephone Rewired Us

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

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    Chris Ledgard looks at how the telephone changed society and rewried the way we spoke to one another.

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  • Word of Mouth: The Online Me 12/08/14

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

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    28 mins

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    Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney asks are we different online than in real life? Breakfast presenter Nick Grimshaw says he's cooler, funnier and more 'street' on twitter, while ultra-hip fashion blogger Bip Ling has made up her own language and a character called Mooch on instagram... Laura Dockrill performs a specially commissioned poem on the subject and explains why being called 'saffron' is the highest accolade around. Dr Aleks Krotoski describes how we use language to create multiple personalities online across different social media platforms and the psychological effect of this. Forensic linguist Dr Claire Hardaker explains how communities rapidly develop their own unique lexicons as a way of establishing who's in and who's out.

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  • Word of Mouth: Newspeak

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

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    Chris Ledgard explores whether a version of "Newspeak" - the artificial language of Orwell's "1984" - could be imposed on us today.

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