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Pirate radio (W3)



Pirate (n.)
Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913. The verb is first recorded 1570s. From the Greek peirates, Latin Pirata meaning brigand.


"Pirate radio" is illegal or unregulated radio transmission. Its etymology can be traced to the unlicensed nature of the transmission, but historically there has been occasional but notable use of sea vessels - fitting the most common perception of a pirate - as broadcasting bases. The term is most commonly used to describe illegal broadcasting for entertainment or political purposes, but is also sometimes used for illegal two-way radio operation. Rules and regulations vary widely from country to country. In the United States and many European countries, many types of radio licenses exist, and often the term "pirate radio" generally describes the unlicensed broadcast of FM radio, AM radio, or short wave signals over a wide range.

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Abfrage im Google-Corpus mit 15Mio. eingescannter Bücher von 1500 bis heute.

Engl. "Pirate radio" taucht in der Literatur um das Jahr 1940 auf.

Erstellt: 2011-02



Radius (W3)

Das engl. "radio" ist eine Kurzform von "radiotelegraphy", einer Technik zur Übermittlung von Nachrichten mit Hilfe elektromagnetischer Wellen, das auf lat. "radius" = "Strahl" zurückgeht.
Ab 1920 wanderte dieser Begriff auch in die deutsche Sprache und hat sich seither trotz einer Verfügung des Reichspostministeriums von 1924 "Radio" durch "Rundfunk" zu ersetzen, bis heute gehalten.
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Erstellt: 2017-01



Tain't Funny, McGee (W3)

Den Ausdruck amer. "Tain't Funny, McGee" könnte man etwa mit "das ist nicht lustig, Herr Gustig" übersetzen. Er geht zurück auf eine Radiosendung der 1940er Jahre. Die flachsenden Bemerkungen, die Fibber McGee macht, findet seine Frau Molly meist mißlungen und kommentiert sie mit dem als "Running gag" fungierenden "Tain't Funny, McGee" (umgangssprachlich für "It is not funny, McGee").


Fibber McGee and Molly - Middle America humor, crazy overstuffed closet, great line, "Taint Funny McGee."


Fibber McGee and Molly Long running radio show on NBC starring Jim Jordan as Fibber McGee, a small-town blowhard (with a closet that usually brought forth mountains of junk when opened) and his long-suffering wife Molly (played by Marian Jordan, his real-life wife). Arthur Q. Bryan, the voice of Elmer Fudd, was a supporting player on this show, which also spawned a spinoff based on the Great Gildersleeve character played by Hal Peary.

A number of characters and catch-phrases from this show found their way into WB cartoons, including Taint Funny McGee, I Betcha, Myrt the telephone operator, Gildersleeve, the Old Timer (Taint the way I heerd it, Johnny!) and others.


On the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, this phrase was used by Molly (Marian Jordan) to deflate Fibber McGee (Jim Jordan) after Fibber has told one of his stale jokes. The phrase is used by Daffy Duck on a sign in Daffy Duck and Egghead (Avery, 1938) after Egghead tries to capture Daffy with a wind-up female decoy, and in an slide put in by the Management in Holiday Highlights (Avery, 1940) after an April Fools Day gag has been pulled.


"Tain't funny, McGee": This is a catchline from the old radio comedy series Fibber McGee and Molly, very popular in the 1940s.

Jim Jordan (1896-1988) played Fibber McGee; his wife Marian (1918-1961) played Molly. The series ran on NBC from 1935 to 1959.

A well-known running gag on the show had Fibber opening the closet to get something and all kinds of old junk falling out. This offered a great opportunity for the radio sound-effects people.

Fibber McGee usually played a bumbling husband to his smarter wife Molly (the usual sitcom stereotypes). Fibber would usually utter awful puns or make wisecracks about his current trouble-plagued situation and Molly with her Irish brogue would react to those puns by saying "Tain't funny, McGee!"


'Taint Funny, McGee

During the golden years of radio, one of the most popular shows was Fibber McGee and Molly. Toward the end of each episode, the husband would make some wisecrack about a bad situation. His wife, Molly, would always answer: "'Taint funny, McGee." Many situations Libertarians see today could fit that mold, and that is what this column will report.

Steven Sass




VOA (W3)

"VOA" steht für "Voice of America".



About Us
The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts approximately 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 123 million people.

Erstellt: 2011-02

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A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family.

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A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively hour-long public radio show about language examined through history, culture, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. They settle disputes, play word quizzes, and discuss language news and controversies. The show is heard by more than a quarter-million listeners each week over the air and by podcast.



These are discrete parts, or segments, of whole episodes.


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  • Pie in the Sky
  • Posted December 17, 2012 .
  • Looking for a book to read with the kids, or maybe a guide to becoming a better writer? Why are leg cramps called charley horses? And where’d we get a phrase like pie in the sky? If you happen to be tall, you’ve no doubt heard plenty of clueless comments from strangers. A listener who’s [...]read more »

  • Twenty Questions
  • Posted November 3, 2012 .
  • Our Puzzle Master John Chaneski has a game that should last through your longest road trip. It’s a variation of “20 Questions” called “Animal, Mineral or Vegetable.” He gives you a word and you have to find the animal, mineral or vegetable embedded in it. For example, which of those three things is contained in [...]read more »

  • Yard Sale Word Quiz
  • Posted October 27, 2012 .
  • If you’re a fan of yard sales, you’ll love this game from Puzzle Guy John Chaneski. Suppose you go yard-saling, but only at the homes of famous people. The items you find there are all two-word rhymes. At the house of one powerful politician, for example, you find he’s selling his flannel nightclothes. Can you [...]read more »

  • Miss Word Pageant Quiz
  • Posted October 20, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski plays master of ceremonies for the Miss Word Pageant, a popularity contest for words based on their Google search frequency. For example, between bacon, lettuce and tomato, bacon takes the prize by far for most Google hits, while lettuce brings up the rear. What’d lettuce do for the talent portion? This [...]read more »

  • Blank Tiles Word Game
  • Posted October 13, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game for all of us who fancy the blank tiles in Words With Friends. Given a word and two blank tiles, place one on either end to form a new word. For example, at least two new words can be made by adding a letter to either end [...]read more »

  • Fill-in-the-Blank Word Puzzle
  • Posted October 6, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a puzzle called “I Don’t Think So, M-W.” The name is a nod to Merriam-Webster’s word of the day email, which often uses puzzling example sentences, like this one: “Lying in my tent that night, I could hear the campfire crackling and the crickets __________ and none of the city [...]read more »

  • Academy Awards Word Puzzle
  • Posted September 29, 2012 .
  • Just in time for the new movie season, Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game involving one-word movie titles that have won Best Picture Academy Awards. For example, which Oscar-winning film is titled with a man’s middle name that means “for the love of God”? This is part of a complete more »

  • Colbertism Word Game
  • Posted September 22, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a word game full of Colbertisms, in honor of how comedian Stephen Colbert pronounces his own name, with a silent “T” at the end. Why not drop the “T” off all words ending in “RT”? This is part of a complete more »

  • Magical Word Game
  • Posted September 15, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a magical puzzle, the answers to which contain the word magic. For example, a motel sign in the ’70s might have included the enticement Magic Fingers, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a practitioner of literature featuring magic realism. This is part of a complete more »

  • Word Scouts Game
  • Posted September 8, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game called Word Scouts. In order to earn your badge, you’ll have to know the architectural term Bauhaus and the flower that’s also a past tense verb. This is part of a complete more »

  • Sound Puzzle
  • Posted September 1, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski shows off his acting skills with a word puzzle based on sounds. This is part of a complete more »

  • Curtailments Word Game
  • Posted August 25, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game of Curtailments, in which the last letter of one word is removed to make another. For example: When the family gathers around the ________, it’s clear that home is where the _______ is. This is part of a complete more »

  • What’s in Common? Word Game
  • Posted August 11, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a puzzle called “Categories”. The challenge is to find the common thread that unites seemingly unrelated things. For example, Mary-Kate and Ashley, Jack Sparrow’s crew, and cherubim all fall into which category? The answer: Twins, Pirates, and Angels are all baseball teams! This is part of a complete more »

  • Current-Event Limerick Quiz
  • Posted July 28, 2012 .
  • Hope you’ve been checking the headlines, because our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a new set of current-event limericks. What’s been “occupied?” How long did the Kardashian marriage last? And who made ambiguous the definition of the word “winning”? This is part of a complete more »

  • But Word Quiz
  • Posted July 23, 2012 .
  • Our Quizmaster John Chaneski has a puzzle based on clues with everything but the but. For example, when likening someone to a house, we say the lights are on, but nobody’s home. Or regarding a noisy political contest, it’s all over but the shouting. This is part of a complete more »

  • Breakfast Cereal Word Game
  • Posted July 13, 2012 .
  • From Puzzle Guy John Chaneski comes a great game for the breakfast table in the tradition of such cereal names as Cheerios and Wheaties. What kind of cereal does a hedge fund manager eat? Portfolios! And what do Liberal Arts majors pour in their bowls? Humanities! This is part of a complete more »

  • Double-Dog-Dare Word Puzzle
  • Posted July 7, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a puzzle called “Double Dog Dare.” This is part of a complete more »

  • Zombie Word Puzzle
  • Posted June 30, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a zombiefied puzzle called Dead Reckoning. What’s the problem with putting zombies in the legislature? A deadlocked government! This is part of a complete more »

  • Silent E Word Quiz
  • Posted June 9, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a word game about words with a silent “e” and their “e”-sound counterparts. For example, a walking stick and someone good at judging situations might be a canny guy with a cane. Or a guy with a noble title playing with a bathtub water fowl would be a duke [...]read more »

  • -gry Puzzle
  • Posted June 2, 2012 .
  • Our Quiz Guy John Chaneski has an improvement on the hoary puzzle about words ending in -gry. For example, if someone has posted to Tumblr in a while, they might be feeling a bit bloggry. If you’re in the mood to do some karaoke, you might be described as singry. This is part of a [...]read more »

  • Furniture Word Quiz
  • Posted May 7, 2012 .
  • Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a word game about words and phrases that involve furniture or parts of a house. For example, if you want to see your lover but you only have two hours, that’s a tight window of opportunity. And if you invest in, say, smartphones for pets — only to see your [...]read more »

  • Ken Jennings: Not-So-Trivial Pursuits
  • Posted January 12, 2010 .
  • Grant interviews Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings about the grueling nature of TV quiz shows, the fine art of writing trivia questions, the special challenges of competing in European quiz contests, and how it feels to answer more »

  • If I Said You Had a Beautiful Bodleian, Would You Hold it Against Me?
  • Posted June 8, 2009 .
  • Greetings from radioland! It's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." This week was a brand-new episode, featuring a word quiz with *both* of our quiz guys, plus discussions of overuse of exclamation marks, bogarti