Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Episode 155.5: Lose Your Voice Mini Ep Show Notes

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Bunny Trails: A Word History Podcast

155.5 Mini: Lose Your Voice

Record Date: May 9, 2022

Air Date: May 11, 2022


Hello everyone. Here’s a quick update to let you know we won’t be putting out a full episode this week, just this mini-ep. Dan has lost his voice. 

Which is an interesting idiom, because your voice isn’t a physical thing you can hold, so it is interesting to say that it has been lost. Or, for that matter, found. 

One can “find their voice”, which according to the Oxford English Dictionary means: 


to find a means of expressing oneself; to arrive at an authentic mode or style of self-expression.

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This usage was first attested in the late 1800s. 

But you can also, like Dan, “lose your voice”. This usage has been around much longer, since the late 1300s, and means:


to be (temporarily) deprived of the power of using the voice for singing or speaking, esp. through an infection or overuse.

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And in modern usage it still means much the same thing, as Dan has lost his voice for speaking due to overuse teaching a class last week. 

But Patrons, we have something special for you. Head over to to check out our extended behind the scenes video to learn about an upcoming secret project that Dan and I will be working on over the summer. We’re super excited!

But for now, we’ll talk to you again next week. And remember, 


Words belong to their users.

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