A Mysterious Glossary

Do you know your ack emma from your pip emma? Would you wear the cat’s pyjamas? Are you, in fact, a goop? Helen Zaltzman joins me to delve into some baffling language from golden age detective fiction.

Thanks to my guest for this episode, Helen Zaltzman. She is the host of The Allusionist, a marvellous podcast about language, which I strongly recommend that you support on Patreon now.

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There are no major plot spoilers in this episode.

Books referenced:
— A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
— “The Tuesday Night Club” by Agatha Christie from The Tuesday Club Murders aka The Thirteen Problems
— The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
— Checkmate to Murder by ECR Lorac
— The Ha-Ha Case by JJ Connington
— The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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