Episode 12 – Potty mouths

You don’t have to get up at sparrow’s fart to make sure you don’t piss your day away. Just celebrate World Toilet Day with us by listening to this loo-themed episode, featuring special guest Mark Balla from We Can’t Wait, along with all the shits and giggles you could desire.


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Episode 11 – Horsing around

The Melbourne Cup is famously “the race that stops the nation” so while everyone is paused we’re here to talk about why there are so many horse-related idioms in the English language, and tell the stories of a few.  We really think you should listen, but we’re well aware that you can lead a horse to water….

Season 2 – coming VERY soon

Set your alarm for sparrow’s fart on Friday, November 3, when the first episode of our second season will be hot off the press! We’ll be horsing around thanks to the race that stops the nation. Make sure you’re subscribed so you can get it as soon as it drops!

Walkley’s Storyology podcast playlist

We were recommended by the Walkley Foundation as part of a podcast playlist for Storyology in 2017.

“The Expressionists is for those who wonder where some of the weirder sayings in Australian English come from, and why we talk the way we do. Hosts Rosenman and Helen Rydstrand trace the origins and meanings behind common and not-so-common idioms and expressions. This episode looks at the role of baked goods in common English expressions. Yes, you read that right.”

Radio Public

We were featured in Radio Public’s weekly ‘Indies shows to watch’ playlist in September, 2017.

100% five star rating from our listeners

More fun than you can poke a stick at!
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by MichaelAndre3000 from Australia on August 19, 2017
There are so many expressions you hear every day, and I’ve never thought twice about what they mean until now! Great podcast & lots of fun!

Hidden delights of language revealed!
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by kbleas from Australia on August 13, 2017
A fantastic 20-ish minute journey into the English language with two charismatic word lovers: Olivia and Helen. Their straight-man vs. lunatic dualism lights the show on fire. Add this to your podcast diet ASAP!

a symphony of talent
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Rosie Rosie Rose from Australia on June 3, 2017
This is an excellent podcast. The two presenters’ easy banter hides excellent research and scholarship. The podcast is a must for anyone interested in the english language.

Smart as a Whip
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Sherry Denial from Australia on June 1, 2017
These gals are on to something and I want more!

Compulsory listening
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by ScaryCrab from Australia on June 1, 2017
With these two intellectual giants at the microphone, this podcast was always going to be something special.

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by 1000camels from Canada on May 31, 2017
I never thought I would be so interested in learning about expressions and idioms, but it turns out I was!

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