The Allusionist

Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia from PRX.

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    “Going to the supermarket, want me to get you anything?”
    “Puppies or ice cream?”
    “What’s your glasses prescription?”
    “I wanna ***** your *********.”

    If you’ve used a dating app, maybe you’ve received one of the above messages from a stranger, or sent them. Striking up an interaction with someone is a tricky business. Why Oh Why and Longest Shortest Time host Andrea Silenzi opens up her phone to analyse the kinds of opening messages people send on dating apps, and how easily they can land badly.

    Find out more about this episode at, and hear Andrea hosting The Longest Shortest Time podcast on your podblasters of choice.

    Content note: this episode contains a couple of instances of Adult Language and references to Adult Behaviours.

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