In this episode, Amy tries to track down an Irish word that isn’t with “cracking”, and Ryan learns about chest-sitting monsters with “nightmare”.
Lexitecture is a podcast about words. In each episode, a Canadian (Ryan) and a Scot (Amy) each present their current favourite word and talk about its origins, current use, and try to puzzle out how it may have gone from A to B. If you love thinking and talking about words, word origins, or just random bits of head-scratching language trivia, this may be the show for you!
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2 comments on Episode 5 : Cracking Nightmare
Hiya, (Nicest sounding greeting in English)
In my own humble opinion, answers don’t matter. It’s the story that ‘sells’ a word. So don’t fret over the fact you haven’t been able to perfectly dissect cracking. I found it enthralling to listen to the work on cracking. Strangely I never viewed it as being Irish, here in the Netherlands at least, I always imagined that it was only used as a posh thing: “Crackin’g shot by Ser Bunderpundertish!”.
But again, that’s why I like this show!
Befuddled and perplexed,
Henry Fuseli : The Nightmare (1781)
Check out this classic gothic painting. Wonder if it’s connected to your nightmare debate?