Reviews
I really like what you’ve done here. I appreciate the format of 1 word per show with enough story to get into it, but it doesn’t drag on. I don’t find my attention wandering like with some podcasts. The host is great. I’m not bothered by “vocal fry” as others are, her voice is fine. The feeling...Read full review »
Nickname8375 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/12/21
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
WWF
Just wondering……. Syzygy. Gonna play that in WordsWithFriends.
LRJalarned via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/25/21
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
I binged all the episodes of this podcast almost immediately after learning about it. I thought all the episodes were on interesting topics, all were thought provoking and sent me down the path of wanting to know more about the topics and hear more episodes. As for the people who have a problem...Read full review »
Marmo6 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/15/21
I listened to the show last year as episodes were released. This AM I binge-listened to the entire 2021 season so far! I highly recommend the podcast for its well-researched content, its clever infusion of wit, and the delightful way they weave these stories into an enjoyable tapestry. Keep up...Read full review »
N2GJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/25/21
Simply a fascinating and well produced podcast. Short and yet incredibly in depth, I leave every episode going "huh" at least a handful of times.Read full review »
Avg Joe Baker via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/19/21
The research and topics are wonderful. I can’t last a minute listening to the vocal fry of the host’s voice.
Verpflichtet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/21
This was my first science diction podcast and I found it did not satisfy my desire for SCIENCE. At one point there was the mention of dopamine and it’s possible roll in how we express our personality. No mention was made of oxytocin: the metabolic pathways or genetic SNPs that affect this...Read full review »
77t-bird77 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/09/21
The content is great but the host's vocal fry is almost too distracting to bear.Read full review »
ZaphodBBrox via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/08/21
Excellent work with the simple, yet in-depth presentations fascinating word histories. Thank you.
Flakeyjake via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/22/21
A most interesting view into a subject that touches us all, and extremely well presented. Good story development holds the listeners interest start to finish
Herr Arboles via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/18/21
But vocal fry of host made it too uncomfortable to listen
Sujabr via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/21
This is my favorite podcast. I always listen to it first when there is a new episode. If you have even a casual interest in science and linguistics, this is the podcast for you. I can’t recommend it enough.
Layla Eller via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/21
Program is good but extreme vocal fry is too distracting
MagReputo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/21
Thanks for this podcast! It is good to hear another spin on the theory of Mesmer. I recently published a historical fiction novel entitled The Wisdom of the Flock: Franklin and Mesmer in Paris that adds a bit more substance to the framework that you outlined - and gives my own interpretation...Read full review »
Steve Gnatz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/21
perfect easy listening and gives me new fun facts!
Abbydooda via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/21
Love the format, content and the presenter’s vocal tone & delivery. I think the presenter is professional with excellent timing and does a thorough job. Well done.
Voice of Experience via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/21
So glad the news season has kicked off.
notasealfish via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/10/21
Love you. So my jam. Words. And stories.
SassySpidey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/21
The coolest blend — topics of interest and just enough science. Love the format, and the bite-sized episodes. 👍🏽
@milanlee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/10/20
Def recommend the ketchup episode. Also restaurants. Also, all of it.
MörderHase via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/29/20
My husband and I came across this show listening to a CBC podcast that reviews different podcasts. We loved the episode of Science Diction that was featured and have begun listening to it ever since. What a wonderful discovery! The show is interesting, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you!
Jc podcast addict via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/27/20
Somethi g for everyone in tnis excellent episode to explain the curious ways use language, even terms with scientific pre ise definitions
Wendy5Dock via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/27/20
I guess you may have already found out that Hurricanes are not called Typhoons in Australia... they are cyclones!!
Wdbentley via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/24/20
Etymology has always been interesting in a "huh, that's neat" kinda way, but Johanna Meyer manages to cram so much ancillary information into each episodes that it usually turns into more of a "wow, I had no idea". Really great listen, always look forward to the next.Read full review »
Natalie Portmanteau via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 11/24/20
I love knowing more about how all these well know words came to be. Perfect length of time and amount of knowledge without overwhelming!!
jazz9❤️😍🤗🦖🦄🐙 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/07/20
I *love* these types of sciency linguistic nerdy podcasts, so I was excited to listen! And although I really enjoy the content and histories, I have a hard time with the vocal fry of the host. She doesn’t do it all the time. I imagine that with some coaching she may achieve a more soothing vocal...Read full review »
JuliaJayhoosie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/10/20
The last two episodes of this show were other podcasts. I subscribed to this feed because I wanted this podcast not a recommendation for another one.
D Schoche via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/20
I love this podcast! Just make more episodes! :)
iMAF via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/20
This is a very good podcast I definitely recommend it for any one who likes science at all
Nestafari81 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/16/20
We listen to these in the car and are always amazed by how much we learn—and while having such a good time too. We are always anxious for a new episode. Bravo!!!!!
VieMarie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/01/20
So happy to see this show back, if been afraid it was gone! Short and sweet, packed with info. Love it. And as always I’m just here to say that there is nothing wrong with the hosts voice! Don’t be turned away by those comments, it’s worth a listen!
miss cgh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/20
Love this podcast. Entertaining and educational. Thanks for providing it and please continue.
Holling Hoodhood via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/20
Love the mix of etymology and history and science. Keep up the great work!
snoomoo via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/25/20
Great podcast, fascinating content, and the Demi sardonic delivery of Johanna Mayer makes it 100% more engaging. Great stuff. Glad I came across this via the Sporkful promo episode.
Help!ICantFindaUsableNickname via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/24/20
Excellent pod cast please continue
faith 26535 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/18/20
Love these little 20 minutes busts of knowledge... they help me sounds smarter at cocktail parties
kmemcallister via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/12/20
What a great, informative.. interesting and fun to listen to podcast. How dare you be so great!?! lol. .... just joshing. Love it, can’t wait for more.
Dead presidents choice via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/12/20
This podcast is just what I needed. Cool facts about everyday stuff. Love this episode on Rocky Road and vowel associations in food marketing.
Jean@psu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/08/20
Love this podcast. Thank you WNYC!
JimTurner via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/20
i love this podcast! it’s so interesting to hear the history of words and learn new things! the host’s words voice is pleasing to the ear as well, which is very important for me lol. can’t wait to hear more :D
❤️thisgame via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/20
Origen of the “OK”, I read long ago , but can’t remember... are the initials of someone checking packages or something? Love to hear it !
ciodz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/29/20
So glad the Science Diction Pod is back! It’s been missed. Thank you!
Ohio Vick via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/29/20
An interesting podcast unveiling some of the hidden stories behind known & unknown topics. The host has an ‘easy to listen to voice’ and it’s edited in a way that guests deliver the knowledge bombs then disappear-appreciated! A great way to pass the time of a few minutes on the way to work,...Read full review »
Telle83N via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/23/20
The only thing wrong with this Podcast is: there should be billions of episodes. I love the research and presentation style so much. Thank you for your energy and time!🙏
ClintGriffinDotCom via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 07/17/20
I’m enjoying the content— being a person who enjoys learning the origin of words. But the host’s voice sets me on edge. Her habit of croaking the last 1 or 2 words of every sentence is really annoying and reduces the authority her voice might otherwise have.
Debilansey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/05/20
We need more! Lol
frustratedNdannoyed via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/23/20
Terrible liberal propaganda. I guess they figure if they can define the meaning of words to support their agenda then they can give some semblance of truth to their opinions. Don’t listen if you have an IQ over 75.
Okay Curt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/29/20
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