Are you allowed to play swear words in scrabble? And if you really can, why aren’t they listed in the official scrabble player’s dictionary? Competitive scrabble players Stephan Fatsis and Brian Richgrubber tell us how it happened and why this is important in the competitive scrabble world.
The Poo List Scrabble Game!!
In this minicast, Matt ponders why it's not okay to use the phrase, "jew them down", but it's okay to say, "I've been gypped". Both words are considered offensive in their communities, but even people that we don't expect still use the word "gyp". We get some help from Romedia Foundation's executive director Katalin Barsony in the below clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmOyG1yz9G8
George Carlin laid out the 7 words that can never be said on television, but of course he meant, American Television. In today’s minicast, Matt talks to British linguist, Damien Hall, to find out if those words are just as taboo in Great Britain.
On this minicast, Matt talks to one of our listeners about how terms of abuse are used to dehumanize certain segments of society.
Matt talks to Superhero PhD, Peter Coogan about why Superman is a d*ck and a Batman is an a-hole.
In this episode, Matt tries to find out if a study saying that swearing has "opiate" like effect on pain is actually true. He calls in journalist Jeff Harder, doctoral Northwestern student, Jim Kloet and pain psychologist Dr. Samantha Rafie to help him figure it out. Plus, he first gets some help from Helen Zaltzmen of The Allusionist to explain a little more about the brain and pain.
In this Minicast, Matt goes to a Karate Dojo to chase a story about swearing and pain.