Science Diction: Knock On Wood And Tsunami
The origin of a superstitious phrase, and a Japanese word that’s staked its place in English.
Journalists Kevin McLean and Shalina Chatlani join us for a round of Diction Dash, where Johanna tries—and usually fails—to guess the true meaning or origin of a word.
If you’re curious about a word, get in touch! Give us a call, leave a message, and we might play it on the show. The number is 929-499-WORD, or 929-499-9673. Or, you can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Shalina Chatlani is the health care reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom.
Read the full study on the link between a desire for control, and reliance on superstitions under stress.
This episode was produced by D Peterschmidt, Johanna Mayer, and Senior Producer Elah Feder. D Peterschmidt is our composer and mastered this episode. We had fact checking help from Robin Palmer. Nadja Oertelt is our Chief Content Officer.