I made an exciting discovery late one Sunday evening recently when I discovered BBC Radio 4’s Word of Mouth; I don’t know how it slipped under my radar for so long. My introduction to the Michael Rosen-hosted show was the recent episode entitled Office Jargon. The programme, promoted as ‘where Michael Rosen and guests “drill down” into the subject of office jargon’ proved to be an absorbing radio gem. So much so, in fact, that I searched out the programme pages on the Radio 4 site and discovered a wealth of back episodes just waiting to be listened to.
Over the last few years (there are currently 57 back-episodes on the BBC website), the programme has covered a fascinating selection of language-related topics ranging from the aforementioned office jargon to ‘miscommunication, mondegreens and misophonia’ and our linguistic ties with German. Check it out. Excellent stuff.
This Cheltenham copywriter will definitely be delving into the programme’s treasure chest of archive material whenever he gets a chance. And I’d recommend that you do too. Now back to a load of website copywriting: it’s garden design and landscaping, specialist roof coatings and commercial laundry today and I love every minute of it.
By the way, do you have a favourite language-related radio programme. It could be in the UK or elsewhere in the world. If so, I’d love to know all about it, so feel free to leave a comment and share.