Episode 18 – Legwork

Humans have been walking upright for at least six million years, and that’s more than enough time to come up with an idiom or two about Shanks pony. So take a hike with the Expressionists as they ramble with walking idioms in this far from pedestrian episode.

Episode 17 – Always was, always will be

January 26 is Australia Day – a day also known as Invasion Day, or Survival Day, to Australia’s First Nations peoples and their allies.
We mark this day with a special episode exploring the languages of indigenous Australia, and featuring the voices of two expert guests: Professor Jakelin Troy from the University of Sydney, and ABC Radio National’s Daniel Browning.

Episode 16 – Kick-off

What better way to kick off a World Cup year than with an episode on idioms relating to the beautiful game? Join us to discover the surprising connections between soccer, literary style, the history of radio, and politics, in this special collaboration with By Association podcast.

Sneak peek: What’s in a name?

In our first episode for 2018, we joined forces with James Parkinson of the excellent By Association podcast, to talk about idioms relating to the footiest of the footballs: soccer. In this sneak peek, James gets the ball rolling by enlightening us on the origins and usage of the term ‘soccer’ itself. Listen now, then tune in to the full episode – out this Friday.

Episode 15 – Out with the old

It’s the end of 2017 already and, even though we’re as shocked as the next guy, we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet for good auld lang syne. Listen to this episode full of New Year’s idioms and bring life to your NYE party with an abundance of excellent facts.

Episode 14 – Silly season


‘Tis the season… to burn the midnight oil while putting up decorations, and to go cold turkey on moderation! And what better way to get into the swing of things than by learning about a couple of festive(-ish) idioms? Plus, we chat with our buddy Thom Calma about the spirit of giving.

Episode 13 – Code red

On the rags, shark week, red wedding, surfing the crimson tide and who the hell is Aunt Flo? Why can’t we just say menstruating!? In this episode we explore the weird world of period idioms.

Bonus Episode – Blood Sweat and Tears

It’s not just teens who suffer from the lack of a toilet. Listen to Mark Balla tell a moving story about one primary school he visited without a toilet and why that meant a disruption to kids’ schooling once a month, every month.

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.

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….