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Helen Zaltzman
The Allusionist
Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman.
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4.8 stars from 4,604 ratings
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infinitezimální via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/14/21
Fantastic podcast
This show (in which Helen Zaltzman swishes language around in her mouth to see how it tastes) is amazing - a rare podcast combination of humorous, relevant, and rigorously researched.
ShadowWings via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/21
Consistently surprising and always interesting. Really rated the Christa Couture episode.
Zuma543 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/10/21
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