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The Top 20 Words in English
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright guide listeners through the 20 most commonly used words.
Taking Turns in Conversation
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright discuss how we take it in turns to talk, in conversation.
Mouthpiece: Turning the Spoken Word into Songs
Michael Rosen hears about a project to turn interviews recorded in Parliament into songs.
Talking or Texting?
Michael Rosen on research into the emotional effects of different kinds of communication.
Tip of the Tongue
Michael Rosen on one of the most frustrating language states: tip of the tongue.
Steven Pinker on Language
Steven Pinker joins Michael Rosen to talk about his love of, and life in, language.
Michael Rosen talks to Dr Laura Wright about her new research on popular house names.
Metaphors for the Past: From Dinosaurs to Victorian Values
Michael Rosen on how we talk about historical eras in order to define how we live now.
PR - How Not To Do It
Michael Rosen on the words used in PR that have been rated as the most annoying. Iconic...
Roald Dahl's Language
Michael Rosen on a new Roald Dahl dictionary collecting the amazing words he invented.
Snuck and Sung: Irregular Verbs
Michael Rosen explores the verbs that are called irregular, and how they came to be.
Andrew Graham-Dixon on the naming of art movements
Michael Rosen and Andrew Graham-Dixon on the naming of art movements and what it tells us.
Michael Rosen talks to Keith Houston about punctuation symbols and how they came to exist.
Break Ups and Brexit
The language of making and breaking relationships.
Lost Words and Secret Connections
Michael Rosen on discovering lost words and finding hidden linguistic connections.
Directions: North South East and West
Michael Rosen uncovers how people talk and think about directions in different languages.
Michael Rosen talks to psychotherapist Philippa Perry about the importance of small talk.
Snotrils and Jumpolines: Kids' Invented Words
Michael Rosen on the creative use and misuse of language by children.
Reading: The Science and the Pleasure
BBC LovetoRead campaign: Michael Rosen on the pleasure of and the science behind reading.
Susie Dent on Language
Michael Rosen talks to Countdown's Susie Dent about her love of words and language.
Words Roadshow in Birmingham
Michael Rosen discusses interesting family words and phrases with listeners in Birmingham.
Pet or Pest? The revealing words we use about animals, and dog names
Michael Rosen on the language we use to talk about animals - and the names we give dogs.
Intonation: The Music of Speaking
Michael Rosen explores the tunes we sing when we are speaking, without even realising it.
Emoji: The Future of Language?
Is emoji really the world's fastest-growing language? Michael Rosen finds out.
Like, Totally Awesome: The Americanisation of English
Michael Rosen on the Americanisation of English, with Lynne Murphy and Matthew Engel.
Frenchified: The Influence of French on English
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright find out how much of English comes from French roots.
How Countries Got Their Names
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright find out how countries got their names.
Jacqueline Wilson talks to Michael Rosen about language
Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson talks to Michael Rosen about her love of language.
Cucks, snowflakes and virtue signalling: the new US political lexicon
Michael Rosen asks George Lakoff about the new political words coming out of the US now.
The Postbag Edition
Michael Rosen answers listeners' language queries from the Word of Mouth inbox and postbag
Game On: The Language of Video Games
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright find out how video games influence language.