Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Retro Episode 110: Pardon My French


RETRO: Dan gets an earworm and it turns into an entire episode on the phrase, "Pardon My French". Cause that's how it goes sometimes. This week our phrase moves from the early 1800s literal usage to a current way to excuse bad language, with plenty of high points along the way. #BunnyTrails
Originally aired May 19, 2021

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Episode 193: In a Pickle

Dan hates on cucumbers. And a popular children's book series. And a popular TV mockumentary. But he is helpful in defining what a rundown is in baseball. Shauna explores a light history of pickling and the origins of "In a Pickle" on this week's #BunnyTrails.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Episode 192: My Goodness


This week Shauna and Dan explore the phrase, My Goodness. How can My Goodness euphemistically refer to a god, when the words god and good are not etymologically related? And did Shakespeare start this one? Bonus: John Gilroy's Guinness campaign and Goldilocks' mattress.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Episode 191: Face the Music

This week Shauna and Dan explore the phrase, Face the Music. Dan turns into an old man and yells at clouds while Shauna misses Bill and Ted. Bonus: Dan confuses Hugh Grant and John Hannah, then shares his dice collection. #BunnyTrails

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Bunny Trails: A Word History Podcast

Episode 191: Face the Music

Record Date: April 24, 2023

Air Date: May 3, 2023





Welcome to Bunny Trails, a whimsical adventure of idioms and other turns of phrase.


I’m Dan Pugh



And I’m Shauna Harrison


Each week we take an idiom or other turn of phrase and try to tell the story from its entry into the English language, to how it’s used today.



Opening Hook

Have you ever made a decision that wasn’t the best or perhaps made a mistake that you knew was going to get you into trouble? There is a certain point where you have to decide if you’re going to run away or just go in and deal with the consequences. Which are you? Do you hide or do you take a deep breath and go face the music?





The idiom face the music truly means to face the consequences of one’s actions. This typically refers to negative consequences. We see scenarios in movies frequently where someone has created this big lie or story that eventually everyone is going to find out about. It’s all going to come out in the end. What will the character do when it’s time to face the music?



Oxford English Dictionary gives us this definition,


to face the music: to accept or confront the inevitable, or the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.

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The origin of this phrase is uncertain, but there are several theories.


One theory suggests that the phrase comes from the world of theatre, where actors would "face the music" by turning to the orchestra pit to receive their cues. This would require them to confront the reality of the situation, including any mistakes they might have made.


Another theory is that the phrase comes from military tradition, where soldiers who were being court-martialed would be forced to "face the music" by standing in front of the regimental band as they played a funeral march.


A similar theory described those who’d been dishonorably discharged being asked to leave the field of battle. As they made their exit, the military drummers would play a march signaling their shame to the rest of the soldiers.


Kind of dark, right?


Regardless of its exact origins, the phrase has been in use since at least the early 1800s and remains a popular idiom today.


The earliest use of this idiom that I was able to find in print is from the year 1800 in The Works of Charles Reade: Put yourself in his place. Now, I was unable to access more of the text but we do have these few sentences,


As for Henry, he felt quite triumphant and grand, and consoled her in an off-hand, hearty way. “Come, cheer up, and face the music. They have all forgotten you by this time, and when they do see you again, you shall be as good as the best of them.”

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