Word Bomb



Language moves fast and Word Bomb is here to help. Unpacking one explosive word per week, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk to experts and dive deep into lived experiences to share stories the dictionary doesn't tell you.

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Ep. 8 - 'Renoviction': Portmanteau as protest

25:12 | Nov 6th, 2018

What happens when landlords evict tenants to renovate their units and triple the rents? Bitter disputes, drawn-out court battles, fierce housing activism - and a brand-new portmanteau that's catching on so fast, it seems poised for dictionary status....Show More

Ep. 2 - 'Doxx': Hacking the language of the internet

33:16 | Oct 2nd, 2018

What does it mean to "doxx somebody?" Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta delve deep into the dark history of an ever-evolving culture of online discourse.

Ep. 9 - 'Native': O Canada, don't label, just listen

32:01 | Nov 13th, 2018

In this episode, Karina and Pippa consider the word Native, using it to explore Canada's painful colonial past and present. They discuss the labels applied to Indigenous peoples and sit down with two Indigenous artists to talk self-identification, wo...Show More

Ep. 7 - 'Partner': The best name for your better half?

12:26 | Oct 30th, 2018

Girlfriend, boyfriend, S.O., bae, better half, sweetheart, beau ... what's in a name? Pippa and Karina debate and dismantle all the names you may choose to call that special someone and discuss the social utility of the word partner - and its importa...Show More

Ep. 6 - 'Singular They': Busting open the binary

25:35 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Pippa and Karina journey from the fifteenth century to the present day, tracing the course of a small word with an outsized impact. As singular "they" gains ground as the gender-neutral pronoun of choice for nonbinary folks, are publications and the ...Show More

Ep. 5 - 'Moist': The ick factor and damp semantics

11:34 | Oct 16th, 2018

Why are people so hung up on the word "moist"? Pippa and Karina wade into the damp, the humid and the slightly wet as they dismantle English's most hated word (and repeat it enough to cure themselves of word aversion).

Ep. 4 - 'Trigger': The word behind the warning

26:04 | Oct 9th, 2018

TW: everything. This week, Pippa and Karina tackle the word "trigger", interviewing a PhD student, a mental health advocate and a filmmaker. Safe spaces, content warnings and "snowflakes" all feature in this exploration of the words we use when we ta...Show More

Ep. 1 - 'Fat': Go ahead, say the F-word

28:21 | Oct 2nd, 2018

In our very first episode of Word Bomb, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta discuss the word "fat," bias, and the "euphemism treadmill."

Ep. 3 - 'Like': Tackling a like/hate relationship

12:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

What does it mean when we pepper everything we say with "like"? Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta take a good, hard listen to their own speech patterns and reveal some surprising stats.

Coming Soon: Word Bomb, a TVO Podcast

01:36 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Welcome to Word Bomb, the podcast that helps us understand our words in a whole new way. Subscribe now for episodes that begin in October 2018.