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Very Bad Words

An Arts, Literature and Comedy podcast
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As long as there’s been language, there have been forbidden words. What gives these words their power? Why are they considered “bad”? Producer and Host, Matt Fidler, reaches out to experts, linguists, and historians to explore these words and their cultural significance. From diving into specific bad words to exploring what language has the “worst curses”, Matt weaves personal stories and interviews to help shed light on the power of very bad words.


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42: The N-Word
Guest Producer Stephanie Billman helps guide us through the feelings, emotions, and history of the most violent, loaded word in the English lexicon, The N-Word. With guests Dr. Neil Lester, Dr. David Pilgrim, Marcie Brown, Malik Crumpler, Dardalie Brooks and Ernie Mendoza For information regarding your data privacy, visit
41: Constructed Curses in Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Nerf-herder? Frack? Farking Zarquon? Guest producers Forrest Phillips and Emily Block guide us through cursing in fictional Worlds. Special guests include Marc Okrand - creator of Star Trek’s Klingon language, David J. Peterson - creator of Game of Thrones Dothraki language, and host of the Imaginary Worlds podcast, Eric Molinsky. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
40: Minicast - Conversational Klingon
Matt talks to Marc Okrand about cursing in Klingon. The fictional Star Trek language that has become nearly as popular as the franchise itself. For information regarding your data privacy, visit


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Zach Auld reviewed this podcast 25 days ago
"Matt Fidler finds the meaning behind the words we grew up hearing were bad, taboo, naughty, no no, and the list goes on. But how did they become that? What are the roots of the words? What was the initial meaning or use for it? Matt Fidler has a way of describing and interviewing people who love, use and some who even have education on Very Bad words so he said **** it I’m going to make a podcast. - Podcast Junkie"
ntkach reviewed this podcast on Jun 22nd, 2017
"Finally someone discusses history of "curse words" (among other things)!"

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Mar 27th, 2016
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Jun 27th, 2018
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