Words You Never Heard

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Sinopsis

Creator Carolyn Davidson, hosts “Words You Never Heard!” a highly popular and syndicated radio show airing on The American Forces Radio Network in 174 countries and stations across the USA.Be entertained and increase your vocab with real and spectacular words you won't believe exist! And that's no taradiddle!

Episodios

  • Did You Wash Your Daddles?

    Did You Wash Your Daddles?

    28/04/2020 Duración: 01min

    During this difficult time of quarantine and social distancing, most of us find ourselves in the process of figuring out how to cope with this new way of life.  Before Coronavirus, I never realized how much I touch my face.  One study showed the average person touches their face with their hands 23 times an hour.  How are we supposed to put on makeup? Daddles is a British variant of the word hands.  In order to avoid touching our faces during this time, many people have found other ways to keep their daddles occupied, like working in the yard, doing puzzles, cooking, or planting flowers.  What’s a word for the pleasure one feels from doing mundane things? Eudemonia! Many of us have also been forced into an everyday routine of Hurkle-Durkle, which is a Scottish term for getting up and hanging around the house rather than going to their job or office.  This may prove to be a little too much togetherness for some working couples.  Then again, we might just see another baby boom 9 months from now.  

  • Have You Seen The Hilarious Guy Disguising As A Bush ?

    Have You Seen The Hilarious Guy Disguising As A Bush ?

    17/04/2020 Duración: 01min

    Due to the coronavirus, the UK  has been under lockdown, and people only allowed to leave their homes under very strict conditions! However, one blunderbuss felt the urgent need to go shopping and dressed up like a bush in order to disguise himself from the police lest he is discovered walking the streets! Blunderbuss is another word for a stupid, blundering fellow. Neighbors happened to catch some video of the man covered head to toe in leaves as he tried to scurry from the street to his door, stopping from time to time and assuming a pose as a ‘shrubbery’  to avoid drawing any attention to himself.  At one point, he even trips and falls clutching his precious grocery bag!  What’s another word for a clumsy person?  A gawkhammer!  The short video of the bushman has gone viral on TikTok with the caption, Neighbor Sneaking Out To Get His Shopping.  The question is, how would the police handle this anyway?  With a bottle of Roundup perhaps?

  • Would You Let A Drone Walk Your Dog?

    Would You Let A Drone Walk Your Dog?

    29/03/2020 Duración: 01min

    During this difficult time when many all over the world find themselves under quarantine, people have had to invent some creative solutions for being able to keep up with everyday activities. For instance, how do you walk your dog if you’re not allowed to go outside?  A man in Cyprus decided to see if a drone could do the job. Vakis Demetriou took some video of his dog walking down the street with a drone following behind holding the leash.  Mr. Demetriou was able to control the entire walk remotely from his balcony. Now a company called Drones Direct, based in West Yorkshire, England, is selling Proflight Walkies Dog Drones, which have a built-in retractable leash, hands-free piloting, and a camera so you can keep an eye on your pet. Guided by a GPS, the Doggie Drone promises to walk your dog for up to 30 minutes along a route of your choosing while avoiding obstacles with "built-in collision avoidance technology," according to its product description. What’s a word for an interestingly bizarre idea? Ostrobo

  • Valentines Day 2020

    Valentine's Day 2020

    07/02/2020 Duración: 01min

      Valentine’s Day is almost here, or as guys like to call it, Extortion Day! My husband doesn’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. He says when he thinks about romance, the last thing on his mind is a chubby toddler coming at him with a weapon!Studies show that 64% of American men don’t make plans ahead of time for Valentine’s day.  What’s a word for the act of setting a romantic mood with flowers and a candlelight dinner? Anthorexia!  Sounds more like a disease to me…anyway, as you can see, love is a many-syllabled thing:)   This year as men are on a charrette, or last-minute effort to find the perfect Valentin’s Day card, Hallmark alone offers more than 1400 choices from the romantic to the humorous.  Trying to choose the perfect card for your valentine is enough to give anyone abulia, that’s difficulty making a decision!!

  • Those Who Snore Always Fall Asleep First!

    Those Who Snore Always Fall Asleep First!

    03/01/2020 Duración: 01min

      Sleep is the most important eight hours of the day. A good night’s sleep is essential to health and happiness. But if you have someone sleeping next to you that snores, getting a little shuteye can be a problem. According to a recent study by the University of Wisconsin, 45% of men and 25% of women report habitual snoring.  What’s another word for the sound a snoring person makes?  A stertor. Snoring can be as loud as 90 decibels and is the number one reason why couples find themselves sleeping in separate bedrooms. If you sleep with someone who snores, you might be experiencing a lot of matutolypea,  that’s getting up on the wrong side of the bed! Did you know snoring is actually illegal in Massachusetts unless all bedroom windows are closed and locked? Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone!  

  • Whats A Word For Those Pesky Fallen Christmas Tree Needles?

    What's A Word For Those Pesky Fallen Christmas Tree Needles?

    19/12/2019 Duración: 01min

      Do Yule Know when and where did the first Christmas tree originate? Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when evergreens were decorated and celebrated in winter in anticipation of spring.  Later, Christians began bringing fir trees into their homes and adorning them with Festoons or carved and painted ornaments to celebrate everlasting life.  Some people built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if the wood was scarce.  Other names for Christmas Tree Ornaments include gimcracks,  pokerwork,  and fiddleheads! One of the main reasons it took time for Christmas trees to catch on (in theUnited States)  is that it was challenging to find a tree unless you lived near a forest or wooded area.  But now the US has over 15,000 Christmas Tree Farms, producing over 350 million trees, and only about 2% of families Christmas Trees are cut from the wild by folks who go Christmas Chopping:) What's a word for those fallen p

  • Is There Really A North Pole Alaska?

    Is There Really A North Pole Alaska?

    13/12/2019 Duración: 01min

    My husband and I lived near the small quaint town of North Pole Alaska while serving at Ft. Wainwright Army Base in Fairbanks Alaska. The North Pole has a population of just over 2000 people. With street names like Kris Kringle Drive and Mistletoe Lane, It's known for its year-round Christmas decorations, including candy cane–striped street lights. The Santa Claus House in the North Pole is a Christmas store with walls covered in children’s letters to Santa. In the early days of Christmas letters, it was Santa who wrote to the children, but soon kids starting writing back, placing their letters on the fireplace smoodging Santa to bring them gifts. Now, the North Pole receives so many letters to Santa from children, they can hardly keep up.  Sounds to me like they could use a wayzgoose after Christmas.  Wayzgoose is a term for a printer’s holiday!   

  • This Will Knock Your Socks Off!

    This Will Knock Your Socks Off!

    06/12/2019 Duración: 01min

    In our house, it's a running joke that if we can’t find something important, it’s probably in my husband’s sock drawer!  He’s not alone. Millions of men hide valuables in their sock drawers and thieves (also known as priggers and jackrollers) know it! The word sock comes from the Latin word ‘soccus’, meaning a loose-fitting slipper worn by Roman comedy actors on stage. Did you know that 82% of young American men wear mismatched socks at least once a week? The Aussies call socks the walk-a-bouts because they get lost and can’t be found! In China, the city of Datang has come to be known as ‘Sock City’, thanks to its status as the world’s top sock producing region. It is estimated that Datang manufactures enough socks to supply every person on the planet with two pairs each. That’s an awful lot of socks! A Wangdoodle is a person who tosses things around while searching for something, such as matching socks. Ask me how I know!  

  • Witty Restaurant Outdoor Sandwich Boards!

    Witty Restaurant Outdoor Sandwich Boards!

    12/11/2019 Duración: 01min

       Americans eat out an average of 4.9 times a week. Restauranteurs have discovered that outdoor menu boards are a great way to draw customers in an area that has heavy pedestrian traffic. Also called A-frame signs or sandwich boards, these signs allow establishments to make an impression on customers inviting them to come in and eat. This kind of marketing has prompted some restaurant owners to add a little humor to their menu boards. A sign outside one restaurant read:  “COME IN AND TRY THE WORST MEATBALL SANDWICH THAT ONE GUY ON YELP EVER HAD IN HIS LIFE!” Another sidewalk sign said: WE DO NOT HAVE WIFI…TALK TO EACH OTHER AND PRETEND ITS 1995! Or how about this one? THIS WEEKS SPECIAL: BUY ONE BEER FOR THE PRICE OF TWO AND RECEIVE A SECOND BEER ABSOLUTELY FREE! What’s a word for food that has no nutritional value?  Lubberwort!  

  • What Is The ONLY Word Youll Ever Need To Know?

    What Is The ONLY Word You'll Ever Need To Know?

    31/10/2019 Duración: 01min

      If you’re like me, you’ve experienced that moment in the conversation when you can’t remember a word, even a simple word! A woman named Brittani Nichols recently shared her story. She called a restaurant to make a dinner reservation when her mind suddenly drew a blank on the word.  So she asked to make a food appointment. Speaking of appointments, a man who was trying to schedule for a trim with his barber, couldn’t think of the word “appointment” and asked if there were any available hair cutting opportunities. Have you ever asked someone to bring you something and then forgot what it was you wanted?  I think we’ve all used words like whoosiewagger, doodad, thingamabob, thingamajig, or you know… That thing in the closet. What’s a word for the inability to remember a word?  Lethologica!

  • What is the top Halloween Candy In the World?

    What is the top Halloween Candy In the World?

    19/10/2019 Duración: 01min

      Halloween is almost here and it’s time to get ready for trick or treaters.  I say, any holiday that condones eating candy is alright with me.  One of my favorite Halloween treats is Candy Corn.  According to Mental Floss Magazine, Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderle Candy Company in 1888. The Goelitz Candy Company also began producing candy corn marketing it under the name of “Chicken Feed”.  Reeses Peanut Butter Cups top the list of America’s favorite Halloween candies.  What’s a word for the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth?  Arachibutyrophobia! Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who want gum.  But no matter what kind of candy you like for Halloween, “bone appetite!"    

  • Did You Know Cows Have Regional Accents When They Moo?

    Did You Know Cows Have Regional Accents When They Moo?

    18/10/2019 Duración: 01min

      Did you know that cows may have regional accents just like humans?  According to the BBC, this phenomenon was first detected by dairy farmers who noticed that their cows had different moos, depending on where they came from.  John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at the University of London, said regional twangs had been seen before in birds! Cows are also capable of recognizing faces, even after long periods of time. Very mooo-ving indeed! Cows vocalize for a number of reasons, including looking for herd mates and sometimes because they are unhappy.  Most cows are simply content to chewing their cud. Fletcherizing is a word meaning to reduce food to tiny particles by prolonged chewing. Apparently, cattle thieves still exist. Names for cattle thieves include poddy-dodgers, ‘cattle duffers, and gully-rakers! My question is: when a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose?”  I know, that’s “Udderly ridiculous!”      

  • October Is Apple Month!

    October Is Apple Month!

    09/10/2019 Duración: 01min

      October is Apple Month and here are some fun facts about apples to celebrate this delicious and popular fruit. Did you know Granny Smith apples are named after a real Granny Smith? There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. The top apple producers around the world are China, United States, Turkey, Poland and Italy. It’s almost impossible to eat an apple quietly.  Yaffling is another word for eating noisily. Apples range in size from a little larger than a cherry to as large as a grapefruit.  Apples float because they are made up of 25% air. Nothing satisfies like a crunchy tasty apple.  What’s another word for the feeling of satisfaction? Rassasy!  

  • What Makes You Happy?

    What Makes You Happy?

    30/09/2019 Duración: 01min
  • What Is The MOST Friendly State In America?

    What Is The MOST Friendly State In America?

    24/09/2019 Duración: 01min
  • The Sneeze Heard Around The World

    The Sneeze Heard Around The World

    19/09/2019 Duración: 01min

      Did you know sneezes sound different in other countries? While people in English-speaking countries tend to say “achoo” , French-speaking countries add an “m” to create an atchoum!  A sneeze in Germany sounds like hatschi and in Japan you’re more likely to hear hakshun! Here are some sneezing facts not everyone “Nose”: Many people believe that your heart skips a beat when you sneeze, but it doesn’t.  Sneezing in your sleep is rare because the nerves that trigger sneezing are also asleep.  It is true that bright sunlight can make some people sneeze.  The medical term for sneezing is sternutation. Some people say gesundheit or God bless you after someone sneezes.  Gesundheit originated in Germany and means “health”, but God bless you originated during the bubonic plague when sneezing was considered an early sign that you might have the disease.    

  • Funny City Names!

    Funny City Names!

    13/09/2019 Duración: 01min

      There are all kinds of places in the world with funny or unusual names, but these are a few of my favorites as featured in Mental Floss magazine: There is a town in Ontario, Canada named Punkeydoodle's Corners.  Apparently, someone kept stealing the sign with the town’s name, so the residents replaced it with a monument that weighs almost a ton. In the town of Batman, Turkey, a former mayor threatened to sue Warner Brothers over the name in the Dark Knight Trilogy. Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania are actually named after a wildflower with yellow and red petals. Two glacial islands off the coast of Antarctica are known as The Office Girls.  There are so many glacial islands or nunataks as they are also called around Antarctica that committees were formed and charged with the task of naming them all.  The Office Girls were named in 1970 as a tribute to the administrative personnel on the US naming committees.  

  • Selfies

    Selfies

    06/09/2019 Duración: 01min

      Selfies may seem vain and frivolous, but there’s actually a lot more to this cultural phenomenon than meets the (camera’s) eye.   Your favorite selfie pose can say a lot about your personality. In a study published in Computers in Human Behaviour, researchers connected self-portrait styles to specific character traits.  People who like to look directly into the camera are more likely to be philodemics,  or agreeable and loving.  Those who have a go-to “duck face” pose are more likely to be emotionally unstable. But they don’t mind feeling kenspeckled, or conspicuous. Thirty-six percent of all people admit to doctoring their selfie or editing it before sharing it. This includes enhancing skin tone or using a filter.using a filter. The goal is to take a selfie so good, you can't believe it's you!  What’s a word for a condition where things appear more beautiful than they really are? Kalopsia!    

  • Ever Drive Away From Gas Station With Hose Still Attached?

    Ever Drive Away From Gas Station With Hose Still Attached?

    30/08/2019 Duración: 01min

      Have you or has someone you know ever driven off from a gas station with the gas nozzle still lodged in the fuel filler neck of the car?  Well, it happens more than you might think. In fact, in a survey of gas stations across the country, it seems some gilly gaupus person drives off with the pump still in their tank about once a month! In most of these cases, the driver was either not paying attention because they were talking on their cell phone, or if the fuel filler on their car is on the passenger side and they forgot they were still attached to the pump after going into the gas station.  In Australia, this kind of embarrassing mistake is known as a bingle.  Do you know why gas stations always keep their restroom door locked?  They are afraid someone might come in and clean it!

  • Seagull Stuns Scientists Flying How Many Miles?

    Seagull Stuns Scientists Flying How Many Miles?

    02/08/2019 Duración: 01min

      Recently a seagull stunned scientists at the Alderney Bird Observatory in England by flying over 500 miles from Britain to Spain in just seven days. The great black-backed gull, one of the largest seagull species had been tagged in order to track its movements.  People at the observatory said it was pretty unusual for a seagull to travel that far in such a short period of time. There are approximately 50 species of seagulls and they can be found all over the planet including the margins of Antarctica, and in the high Arctic regions as well. Seagulls are known thieves, often stealing food from other birds or even each other.  This is known as kleptoparasitism.  The Birds, an American thriller film, released in 1963 by Alfred Hitchcock, is a story about a northern California coastal town that is inexplicably attacked and rendered helpless by massive flocks of aggressive birds.  What’s a word for the fear of birds?   Ornithophobia!     

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