New Mysteries of Vernacular!

Dress it up.
Tuxedo now available in the Mysteries of Vernacular library.

Mysteries of Vernacular – Miniature

Also in this wildly productive week of ours, we invite you to check out the next episode of Mysteries of Vernacular. Hot of the presses, please welcome Miniature to our virtual library.

Mysteries of Vernacular – Make some Noise

One of the best things about partnering with TED-Ed is that the latest installment, about the history of the word noise, is now available! You can watch it on the TED-Ed site or in the Mysteries of Vernacular virtual library. Either way, we recommend you check it out!

And now that our partnership with TED-Ed is official, we’ll be releasing new episodes on a regular basis, so be sure to join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Mysteries of Vernacular – Finally!

Remember Mysteries of Vernacular? And remember how we promised big news and more episodes? Well, we always keep our promises.

We are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with the good folks of TED-Ed! TED-Ed will be hosting the entire series, as well as short curricula to accompany each episode, free for use in schools the world over – or at home, if you’re so inclined. (And really, why wouldn’t you be?)

So head over to the TED-Ed site to see the episodes you know so well and be sure to check back on *Friday* for a sparkling new episode!

And, in celebration, we made some more Mysteries of Vernacular bookmarks. Available for a limited time in the Myriapod Shop.

Mysteries of Vernacular Update

I’m posting another teaser – a behind-the-scenes photo of me animating the next episode of Mysteries of Vernacular. (This shot was taken by great filmmaker, and my good friend, Bill Ross.) I’m sorry to keep you guys waiting for the next episode, but we should have news for you so soon!

Recording Mysteries of Vernacular

We recently recorded more episodes of Mysteries of Vernacular with our amazing talent, Graham James, and dedicated sound mixer, Karri Niinivaara.

I know it seems like nothing is happening with the site or the videos, but I promise that good things will be coming soon!

Graham and Karri squeeze into a makeshift recording studio in Helsinki.

Mysteries of Vernacular: K-Word Winner!

When we asked for your suggestions for a great K-word for Mysteries of Vernacular, you delivered. With more than 100 entries to consider, we spent a significant amount of time narrowing the list down to a single word.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Mysteries of Vernacular K-word contest is… KEISTER!

That’s right – keister, meaning buttocks, behind, or butt.

Congratulations (and thank you!) to Morgan Decker for this intriguing suggestion. We can’t wait to share its fascinating etymology in an upcoming episode of Mysteries of Vernacular!

As promised, Morgan and the four runners-up will receive a special, handmade gift. Without further ado, we present the Mysteries of Vernacular bookmarks!

Each elegant, embossed bookmark is handmade from different leathers — and there’s even a loop at the end to hold a pen, should our winners want to mark a word whose etymology sparks their curiosity. We hope everyone finds them as lovely and useful as we do!

Please stay tuned as we will be adding brand-new Mysteries of Vernacular episodes to the bookshelf soon!

Krisis Averted!

An enormous THANK YOU for your kicky contributions to our Mysteries of Vernacular K-word contest. You came up with some great suggestions — kudos to you all!

Needless to say, we’re having a killer time narrowing down our favorites. I’ve been on the road non-stop, but I promise we’ll announce the winning word (and the runners-up) soon!

Our list of ‘K’ words

Misty morning on the train


Fans of Mysteries of Vernacular, we need your help! As you know, this series will consist of 26 episodes, one for each letter of the alphabet. We have big plans for A through J and L through Z, but we haven’t found a word that excites us for the letter K – which is where you come in.

If you find an everyday word that begins with K and has an interesting story, we want to hear about it! Please send your suggestion, along with a source and the reason you think it’s right for Mysteries of Vernacular, to us (info [at] myriapodproductions [dot] com) before Friday, September 14th. If yours is one of our five favorites, we’ll send you a super special treat. Need an even bigger incentive to whip out your dictionary? We’ll put the winner’s name in the credits!

Thanks for helping us out of this kerfuffle!

Mysteries of Vernacular: Hearse

Sorry we’ve been so quiet around here. To alleviate the silence, and because it’s awesome, we are posting a new Mysteries of Vernacular. It’s about the word Hearse. It’s Anthony’s favorite.
I hope you enjoy!

A still from Mysteries of Vernacular: Hearse