The Allusionist

143. Hedge Rider



Today it's the etymologies you requested! And a few you didn't! We've got witches, wizards, warlocks; conjurers and cloves; wood shavings, nice gone nasty, and a whole lot more. Plus, a bold method of scaring away a ghost, if you must. Find out more about the topics covered in this episode at Sign up to be a patron at and as well as supporting the show, you get behind the scenes glimpses and bonus etymologies. The music is by Martin Austwick. Hear Martin’s own songs at or search for Pale Bird on Bandcamp and Spotify, and he’s @martinaustwick on Twitter and Instagram.  The Allusionist's online home is Stay in touch at, and Our ad partner is Multitude. To sponsor an episode of the show, contact them at This episode is sponsored by: • Acorn TV, the streaming service featuring hundreds of dramas, myster