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Daniel Midgley is the resident linguist of RTRfm, so he’s the go-to guy when people ask “Is go-to a word?” He teaches linguistics at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia. He likes language history, language technology, and making up plausible words in Scrabble. He can beat anyone in Letterpress.

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Talk the Talk: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

Thursday 18th July

Talk the Talk: -nado, -holic, -pocalypse: Combining Forms (Live Q&A)

These word parts are coming into their own.

Talk the Talk: Named Wrong (Live Q&A)

Tuesday 9th July

Talk the Talk: Named Wrong (Live Q&A)

Times they named a thing the wrong thing.

Talk the Talk: The Grammarian Is In (with Ellen Jovin)

Tuesday 25th June

Talk the Talk: The Grammarian Is In (with Ellen Jovin)

If you’re at a park in New York City, you may see someone at a table […]

Talk the Talk: Poetry

Tuesday 18th June

Talk the Talk: Poetry

Poetry expresses the soul’s innermost. No wonder it’s kind of terrible.

Talk the Talk: Your Inner Prescriptivist (with Alyssa Severin)

Tuesday 11th June

Talk the Talk: Your Inner Prescriptivist (with Alyssa Severin)

How can we have linguistic discussions with grammar sticklers?

Talk the Talk: Oxbows (Live Q&A)

Tuesday 4th June

Talk the Talk: Oxbows (Live Q&A)

Some words were less restricted in bygone days of yore. Wait: yore? Bygone?

Talk the Talk: Difficult Words (with Jane Solomon)

Tuesday 28th May

Talk the Talk: Difficult Words (with Jane Solomon)

Juxtapose. Obfuscate. And of course, absquatulate.

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of R-R-R-R

Tuesday 21st May

Talk the Talk: Mailbag of R-R-R-R

What’s the past tense of yeet? And much more.

Talk the Talk: Talking Race (with Jessi Grieser)

Tuesday 14th May

Talk the Talk: Talking Race (with Jessi Grieser)

What happens to language when newcomers move in?