Nat Towsen

the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Cosplayers

From "base" to "mod" to "crossplay."
Nat Towsen
7.13.15
the hidden language

​The Hidden Language of Hospital Nurses

Passing a blunt doesn't mean what you think it does, and you should be worried if a nurse talks to you about "pillow therapy."
Nat Towsen
4.17.15
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Chess Players

In chess as in life, sometimes you're just a patzer caught in a zugzwang.
Nat Towsen
3.2.15
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Mall Santas

In order to maintain their carefully manicured illusion, some mall Santas and their elves have to employ code words and slang just to communicate with each other.
Nat Towsen
12.24.14
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Long Form Improvisers

We turned to the co-creator of the Upright Citizens Brigade to learn about yes-anding, premise improv, games, and status.
Nat Towsen
11.17.14
Film

Dan Harmon Discusses His New Documentary, Addiction, and Going to Therapy

The creator of <i>Community</i> tells us about why he's such an open book on the internet and teases the documentary about his <i>Harmontown</i> podcast tour.
Nat Towsen
10.14.14
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The Hidden Language of Comic Book Writers

Comic book lingo has gone mainstream, but there are still terms—like "red skies event"—that make no sense outside of the comic world. Writer Fred Van Lente explains what they mean.
Nat Towsen
10.9.14
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The Hidden Language of Restaurant Kitchens

Each restaurant develops its own terminology, but there are terms that are used in almost all of them. Nat Towsen sat down with chef Jeff Teller to find out how to speak kitchen.
Nat Towsen
8.7.14
the hidden language

The Hidden Language of Kinksters

Kevin Allison, host of the Risk! podcast and member of comedy troupe The State, explains the meaning and origin behind the slang terms of the kink sex community.
Nat Towsen
5.12.14