Lexicon Valley

The Many Meanings of Too

Host John McWhorter finds linguistic inspiration in an 80-year-old musical performance of Rubber Dolly.

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Episode Notes

If you’re a regular listener of Lexicon Valley, it is no doubt apparent that John McWhorter’s very soul resides at the crossroads of modern linguistics and old-time musical theater. For his 100th episode as host, John takes an etymological stroll through the lyrics of a 1940 rendition of “Rubber Dolly,” a performance that captivated him as a young boy. Congrats on your hundredth, John!!!

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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