Episode 48: Swell (and other Fabulous Words)

This week on the podcast we discuss words of enthusiasm like “huge,”“terrific,” and “fantastic,” including their history and sometimes-surprising shifts in meaning, in spite of what the Oxford English Dictionary might say about them.

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ABC report on Trump’s hands
Tom Terrific
Paul Brians’ post on “brilliant”
“Thou Swell” performed by June Allyson
Ella Fitzgerald sings “’S Wonderful”
Judy Garland & Fred Astaire: “We’re a Couple of Swells”
“You’re the Top” (with pictures!)