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Friday, March 21, 2008

Hokudai/Cast 55: Greek, Not Latin plus Hands Up!

Hokudai/Cast 55 brings with it the return of bilingualism (two = bi; lingual = languages) in that Word/Play is in English and Japanese. In April we will be returning to English and Chinese. And Japanese. 

Word/Play has two main words: Proto and Pseudo. Proto means 'first' and is found in the words 'prototype' and 'protozoic.' The 'zo' in protozoic, by the way, means 'life.' It is most often seen in the word 'zoo' (動物園).

Pseudo means 'false' and is most often seen in the word 'pseudonym.' As you know, 'nym' means name. Synonym and antonym are the most common words using 'nym.' Syn means 'the same' and anto means 'the opposite' so a synonym is the same name and the antonym is the opposite. For example: a synonym for 'purchase' is 'buy.' The antonym for 'buy' is 'sell.' And a pseudonym is a false name. For example, Natsume Kinnosuke's pseudonym was Natsume Soseki

Dead Men Don't Travel
is our text-to-speech experimental drama. This is Part Two. Go back to Hokudai/Cast 51 to hear Part One. In Part One, Vicki, a private investigator, has just returned from her vacation and is confronted with a new client. In Part Two, Vicki meets the client and is given a task: Follow a dead man.

Nadare, a local indies band, provides us with their great song: Hands Up!
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