Science Diction

from Science Friday

Science Diction is a bite-sized podcast about words—and the science stories behind them.

  • Spanish Flu

    Apr 28, 2020
    The Spanish Flu wasn’t Spanish at all. 
  • Quarantine

    Apr 7, 2020
    Quarantine is on all our minds lately. But the word goes all the way back to the time of the Black Death.
  • Vaccine

    Mar 10, 2020
     The origin of the word ‘vaccine’ stretches back to a disease, a test subject, and… a cow.
  • Cobalt

    Mar 10, 2020
    ‘Cobalt’ takes its name from a pesky goblin—and mischief is baked into its name.
  • Dinosaur

    Mar 10, 2020
    The origin of the word ‘dinosaur,’ and the story of its self-sabotaging inventor.
  • Meme

    Mar 10, 2020
    The word ‘meme’ has more to do with evolutionary biology than the internet.