Smarty Pants Podcast

Rhapsodies in Blue

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Vulgar tongues, cruel etymologies, and a spot of poetry

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By Stephanie Bastek

September 15, 2017


 

What power do words have, and how do their meanings change across centuries—and continents? We talk to Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, about how moving from Britain to Baltimore changed his work; Jennifer Choi unearths the cruel etymology behind an innocuous blue birthmark; and Max Décharné draws a map of the vulgar tongue.



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