Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
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Michael Rosen puts the language of science under the microscope.
Straightforward and concise advice from language guru Lane Greene.
Are you smart enough to convert these units?
Fine drizzle or a wet-to-the-undies downpour, the Brits know a thing or two about rain.
What are the right and the wrong things to say to someone who is struggling to cope?
Some words for emotions simply don’t have an English equivalent. How many can you name?
Comedian and writer David Walliams talks to Michael Rosen about writing children’s books.
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Series of programmes examining key phrases in public debate.
With terms like 'epic fail' entering our daily vocab, it's time for you to level up.
Some facts about emoji - possibly the world's first truly global form of communication.
What's a gubbins? Or a mosey? Find out the origins of old words and phrases.
Transform your small talk from bland cliché to earth-shattering rhetoric.
The weird and wonderful world of naming houses.
Get the bard in your corner with this video guide.
Ben Crystal reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 in Original Pronunciation.
Michael Rosen reads through the Cockney alphabet, from A for 'orses to Z for his hat.
Philip Pullman reveals why he chose the name, Lyra.
Michael Rosen on the evocative words used to describe features of the British landscape.
Lexicographer of slang and swearing Jonathon Green talks about where slang comes from.
Do you sign off your messages with x? Ever wondered where this behaviour comes from?
How come humans learn to speak while other animals don't?
Anyone for some ISIS Belgian chocolate?
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright explore the numbers one to ten
Have a look at some of the fantastic words that children invent and reimagine.
River Cottage forager John Wright talks Latin naming conventions with Dr Laura Wright.
Professor Naomi Baron joins Word of Mouth to discuss the future of reading
Laura reads her poem about a life lived online for Word of Mouth.
NIck Grimshaw talks about the programme on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Acronyms fast fly in and out of fashion online.
Why would a fictional character speak in two different voices?