Words, Words, Words: A Podcast by Robert Tinajero
By Robert Tinajero
Words, Words, Words focuses on the topics of language, word choice, discourse, and rhetoric while discussing various issues connected to society, science, sports, relationships, politics, etc. Host Robert Tinajero has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from UT-El Paso. Join the conversation on Twitter @WordsWordsWord9 or Instagram @WordsWordsWordsPodcast
Words, Words, Words: A Podcast by Robert TinajeroDec 01, 2023
Episode 67: Sinter Klaas
A shirt history lesson on the figure of Santa Claus.
Dec 01, 202307:35
Episode 66: Political Rhetoric
A look at some if the discourse and phrases used by liberals and conservatives when it comes to issues like healthcare, taxes, guns, immigration, etc.
Oct 17, 202308:45
Episode 65: The F Word
A look at some of the history and etymology of the word fuck.
May 31, 202321:43
Episode 64: AI Music and Scams
A look at artificial intelligence and it’s uses in music and scams.
May 02, 202310:10
Episode 63: Translating the Bible
A look at several issues that arise when translating the Bible from choosing the translators, thinking about meaning, the use of commas, and pronouns, etc.
Apr 17, 202323:15
Episode 62: That Bop is Fire
A look at some of the terms we use to label good songs.
Mar 31, 202308:36
Episode 61: Football Coaches and Violent Rhetoric
Thinking about the sometimes violent rhetoric coming from football coaches with a look back at “bountygate.”
Feb 08, 202308:03
Episode 59: ChatGPT
An introduction to ChatGPT and its effects on society.
Jan 10, 202310:03
Episode 58: Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays
A look at the etymology of the term “Christmas” and saying Merry Christmas vs. saying Happy Holidays.
Dec 21, 202208:55
Episode 57: The Thumbs Up Emoji
A look at how Gen Zers find the thumbs up emoji passive aggressive and other emoji talk.
Oct 21, 202209:03
Episode 56: Let’s Piggyback
A look at the history and evolution of the term “piggyback”.
Sep 15, 202207:21
Episode 55: Puns and the Most Valuable Punner
A quick look at puns, the Punslinger Finals, and a song about love and crossword puzzles.
Aug 12, 202208:14
Episode 54: A Goose that Talks - Personification and Anthropomorphism
A quick look at the literary and rhetorical devices of personification and anthropomorphism.
Aug 03, 202208:30
Episode 53: Pop Culture Body Language: Floss and Griddy
A look at pop culture body movements like the Dab, the Floss, and the Griddy and what they possibly communicate.
Jul 10, 202208:34
Episode 52: The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict from a Linguistic Perspective
A look at how Russian nationalists see the Ukrainian language as “little Russian” but Ukrainians know it to be a distinct language.
Mar 10, 202208:09
Episode 51: The New Labeling System for Covid-19 Variants
A look at the new naming system for Covid-19 variants and why a place-based naming system isn’t best.
Dec 02, 202108:51
Episode 49: Cheugy
A look at the neologism (new slang term) “cheugy”. Wait, is it cheugy to be doing a podcast episode on “cheugy”? Probably.
May 17, 202107:34
Episode 48: Shit! Cussing and Our Brains
A look at how cuss words are different than regular words and how cussing helps us tolerate pain.
May 05, 202110:56
Episode 47: The Rhetoric of Yelp Reviews
A look at the power and influence of reviews.
Mar 10, 202110:41
Episode 46: The History of English Composition Classes in the United States
A look at why composition classes became mandatory at most U.S. colleges and how they have changed over time.
Jan 19, 202116:25
Episode 45: Social Media and Being Connected but Alone
A look at the idea of people being “connected but alone” as they use their smart phones and social media on a regular basis.
Jan 14, 202109:54
Episode 44: Trump’s Rhetoric and the January 6 Capitol Riot
A look at some of the discourse used by Trump that led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Jan 08, 202111:38
Episode 43: The Racial Rhetoric of Comedians
A look at the racial comedy used by some comedians and thinking about the possible positive and negative impact to society.
Dec 11, 202014:08
Episode 42: Motivational Words Used During Workouts
A look at some words and phrases used to motivate people during sports and working out.
Nov 28, 202012:10
Episode 41: Critical Race Theory and Critical Grammar
A look at Rutgers University’s English Department’s new policies on race, racism, and Critical Race Theory.
Oct 05, 202014:52
Episode 40: Recap of Episodes 31-39 with Two Guests
In this episode I talk with two guests about topics from the previous nine episodes including vehicular rhetoric, Covid (mis)information, how to communicate when breaking up with someone, and a few other topics.
Jul 26, 202001:06:33
Episode 39: Résumé, Application Letter, and E-Portfolio Tips
Tips on creating a résumé, application letters, and an e-portfolio.
Jul 19, 202015:13
Episode 38: Vehicular Rhetoric: What does your car say about you and others?
A look at the direct and indirect messages that our vehicles send. From color, to brand, to bumper stickers; what’s your car’s rhetorical message?
Jun 17, 202015:36
Episode 37: Some of the Rhetoric Surrounding the Black Lives Matter Protests
A look at “Black Lives Matter” vs “All Lives Matter”, plus the use of “battle space”, the visual rhetoric of Trump’s bible photo-op, and social media’s response to Trump’s messages.
Jun 06, 202017:17
Episode 36: Escaping Situations with Communication
Using your communication to deal with break ups, one night stands, dumping a friend, etc.
Apr 26, 202035:56
Episode 35: Awww Cutsie Wootsie Podcast: How We Talk to Children (Baby Talk)
A look at how we change our rhetoric when talking to babies and toddlers and some possible reasons why.
Mar 26, 202015:00
Episode 34: (mis)Information about the Coronavirus Pandemic
A quick look at some of the misinformation about the pandemic.
Mar 22, 202010:19
Episode 33: Love Poems
A look at four love poems and how their rhetoric illustrates four different kinds of love.
Feb 18, 202015:27
Episode 32: History of terms Super Bowl, Quarterback, Fullback, and Halfback
A short history of the football terms Super Bowl, Quarterback, Fullback, and Halfback.
Jan 31, 202011:47
Episode 31: Rap Music’s use of Literary Devices
A look at how rappers use literary devices like allusion, alliteration, metaphor, simile, simple rhyme, and multisyllabic rhyme.
Jan 24, 202021:15
Episode 30: Recap of Episodes 21-29: Baby Names, Emoticons, Advertising, Head Nods, Trump, etc.
A recap of episodes 21-29 with three guests and their thoughts and opinions.
Dec 27, 201901:00:16
Episode 29: Signage and the Legal System: Dogs, Sex Offenders, and Earthquakes
A look at three legal cases involving signage connected to dog attacks, sex offenders, and earthquakes.
Dec 26, 201910:11
Episode 28: Head Nods and Raised Eyebrows: The Rhetoric of Quick Social Interactions
I look at how we interact with people as we walk by them. Head nods, smirks, hellos, and what’s ups.
Dec 09, 201909:41
Episode 27: The Rhetoric of Phone Scammers + Social Engineering
A look at some of the tactics used by phone scammers.
Nov 06, 201916:55
Episode 26: The rhetoric of the exclamation point!!!
A quick look into the exclamation point and how its potency has declined over time.
Oct 23, 201909:38
Episode 25: The Rhetoric of Advertising
A quick look at ancient advertising and eleven effective words used in advertising.
Sep 27, 201913:11
Episode 24: Saying “Happy Birthday”
A quick history lesson on the “Happy Birthday Song” and the various times and ways we say happy birthday.
Sep 06, 201913:08
Episode 23: The El Paso Shooting and the Racist Rhetoric of the President
This episode looks at the racist rhetoric of the President and of the El Paso shooter. #elpasostrong
Aug 11, 201916:54
Episode 22: The Smiley Face Emoticon :-)
A brief history of the smiley face emoticon and the difference between emoticons and emojis. :-)
Jul 30, 201911:35
Episode 21: Baby Names
A look at some of the most popular baby names searched online in 2019 and various thoughts on baby names.
Jul 10, 201910:08
Episode 20: Recapping Episodes 11-19: Labels for Hispanics, Laughter, Healthcare, Vegan Terms, etc.
A discussion with two friends about topics from episodes 11-19. Topics include labels for Hispanics, sports mascots, laughter, communication with healthcare professionals, biased illustrations, and labels used for vegan products.
Jun 08, 201955:50
Episode 19: History of the Term “Spelling Bee” and Commonly Misused Words and Phrases
A look at the history/etymology of the term “spelling bee” and a list of some commonly misused words and phrases.
May 31, 201912:30
Episode 18: Biased Illustrations in Anatomy Textbooks
A look at the various biases present in illustrations in medical and anatomy textbooks.
May 24, 201916:55
Episode 17: Labeling Non-Meat as Meat?
A look at word choices and labelling choices of vegetarian and vegan products, specifically those that use meat-related rhetoric in their labeling.
May 06, 201909:37
Episode 16: Communication with Healthcare Professionals
A look at how healthcare professionals communicate with patients and the effect it can have.
Apr 26, 201913:50