The Allusionist

Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia from PRX.

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    Emoji allow communication without words. Could emoji be the universal language of the 21st century? Matt Gray and Tom Scott, founders of the emoji-only messaging platform, talk through the pitfalls; and History Today’s Dr Kate Wiles finds the 500- and 5,000-year-old precedents for emoji.

    CONTENT WARNING: this episode contains one category B swear word, plus reference to penises growing on trees.

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