In the latest Allusionist, I find out lots of interesting stuff about how BuzzFeed goads you into viewing and sharing stuff using only LINGUISTIC SORCERY. But never sarcasm or round numbers. Plus there’s a cameo from Roman Mars, complaining that we’re all misusing the word ‘viral’. Read more about the episode at theallusionist.org/viral, and hear it on iTunes/SoundCloud/RSS, or, if you can only be arsed to click once, not twice, right here:
Three busy days of noise-making:
• Answer Me This! Episode 233 on Thursday;
• Saturday Edition on BBC 5 Live tonight;
• yesterday morning MacAulay & Co on BBC Scotland, talking about the Great British Bake-Off final with Fred MacAulay and Seann Walsh;
• and yesterday evening, the roundtable with Ian Collins on LBC, with Ned Simons of the Huffington Post UK. The podcast of the chat is available on iTunes and here’s the RSS link.
Last time I was on Ian’s show, someone tweeted that Ian, fellow guest Simon Warr and I were ‘the three cheeks of the same arse’. This time nobody tweeted that Ian, Ned and I were ‘the three ears of the same head’ or ‘the three boobs of the same chest’, which I think is a positive?
UPDATE: On Saturday Edition we talked about the Bodyform rant, with presenter Chris Warburton snorting with cynicism at the idea it had been posted by a real person rather than a Bodyform PR. And then the real person rang up to prove him wrong! WORLD EXCLUSIVE. Click here to listen from around 20 minutes in.