It may come to no surprise to anyone that knows us that The Other and I are, well -- we're word geeks. If I'm honest, I'm more of a French word geek than an English word geek, and one of my favourite items here on the computer is a copy of Le Robert, kind of the French equivalent of the complete Oxford, citations and etymology and all. I'm constantly writing down French words that take my fancy and looking them up in Le Robert.
So I don't know why it took me so long to get around to subscribing to Charles Hodgson's most excellent podcast, Podictionary: the podcast for word lovers. It was on my list of things to go grab, but every time I went to the library I got involved in other things and forgot about it.
However, I had the pleasure of meeting Charles Hodgson at Podcasters Across Borders in June, and found him so interesting and delightful to speak with that I immediately went and subscribed using the hotel's fast internets. I haven't missed an episode since, and I've gone back and grabbed some of the earlier ones as well.
Podictionary is a tiny, perfect podcast -- it appears daily, Monday to Friday, and it's generally well under five minutes in length. A transcript of each episode appears both on the web site and in the show notes, and I do find I use it if I'm feeling tired; however, for the most part, the episodes are so concise and well-crafted that they are an easy listen first thing in the day.
Charles has also written a book, Carnal Knowledge: A Naval Gazer's Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia (St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312371217) that will be published on August 9th, and which has one of the best book covers I've seen in a while.