Lexicon Valley

You’re Gonna Hafta

Deconstructing a single line of dialogue from Netflix’s The Crown.

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Episode Notes

In Season 4, Episode 5 of The Crown, Buckingham Palace intruder Michael Fagan, played by actor Tom Brooke, wants his flat fixed up and is told, “You’re gonna hafta take that up with council.” Lexicon Valley host John McWhorter demonstrates that there are fascinating linguistic stories lurking everywhere by analyzing, word for word, that single line of dialogue.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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About the Show

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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