Word Bomb

Language moves fast-and Word Bomb is here to help. Unpacking one explosive word per week, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk to experts and dive deep into lived experiences to share stories the dictionary doesn't tell you.


Air Date: November 13, 2018 - 32:00
In this ep, Karina and Pippa consider the word Native, using it to explore Canada's painful colonial past and present.
Air Date: November 06, 2018 - 25:11
Renoviction is a new word that's spreading fast across Canada. In this episode, Pippa and Karina talk housing activism, word creation, and portmanteaux.
Air Date: October 30, 2018 - 12:26
What's in a name? Pippa and Karina make a case for using 'partner' to refer to that special someone and discuss the word's LGTBQ backstory.
Air Date: October 23, 2018 - 25:35
Small word, big impact. Pippa and Karina dive deep into the linguistic history and current politics of singular "they" as a gender-neutral pronoun.
Air Date: October 16, 2018 - 11:33
Why are people so hung up on the word "moist"? Pippa and Karina dismantle English's most hated word.
Air Date: October 09, 2018 - 26:03
TW: everything. Your hosts tackle "trigger" and talk safe spaces, trauma and "snowflakes" with a PhD student, a mental health advocate and a filmmaker.
Air Date: October 02, 2018 - 28:21
In our very first episode of Word Bomb, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta discuss the word "fat," bias, and the "euphemism treadmill."
Air Date: October 02, 2018 - 33:15
What does it mean to "doxx somebody?" Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta delve deep into the dark history of an ever-evolving culture of online discourse.
Air Date: October 02, 2018 - 12:00
What does it mean when we pepper everything we say with "like"? Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta take a good, hard listen to their own speech patterns and reveal some surprising stats.
Air Date: September 23, 2018 - 1:36
Coming Soon: Word Bomb, a TVO Podcast