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Science Diction
What does the word “meme” have to do with evolutionary biology? And why do we call it “Spanish flu” when it was never Spanish? Science Diction is a podcast about words—and the science stories within them. If you like your language with a side of science, Science Diction has you covered. Brought to you by Science Friday and WNYC Studios.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 542 ratings
Stop the Vocal Crack!!
Honestly, I love the content. It’s well-written and engaging. But the host speaks with a vocal crack that makes her sound a little like an adolescent. This is a podcast, folks! Clean up your diction!
AK Transplanted via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/21
Just wondering……. Syzygy. Gonna play that in WordsWithFriends.
LRJalarned via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/21
Great podcast
Very interesting podcast with good mix of topics. Am I the only one that they talk to fast?
Ccgarciaa via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/19/21
Recent Episodes
If you read the title of this episode and cringed, you’re not alone. At Merriam-Webster, editors and lexicographers receive countless letters grousing about the addition of certain words to the dictionary. And here at Science Diction, we get our fair share of emails pointing out our linguistic...
Published 06/08/21
How did a country's name end up inside the word, “serendipity"? And what’s a “syzygy"? And, more importantly, why does it have so many y’s?    Over the past year, several listeners have written to us asking about these two words. Now, we answer—with a little help. Eli Chen and Justine...
Published 05/25/21
Last month, Science Diction received a letter from a listener named Ben. He wanted to know about ambergris, a strange substance that washes up on beaches from time to time. So today, we’re talking about this thing that for centuries, rich people coveted, rubbed on their necks, and even ate, all...
Published 05/11/21
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