Sponsored by the Underwood Typewriter Company, this was an informal three-minute journey into etymology. Rathbone begins each installment with a colourful anecdote, a historical story which is the origin of the word of the day, designed to intrigue and tantalise (in fact, "tantalise' is one of the word detailed in an episode). He then says, "I'll type out that phrase for you on my Underwood typewriter", after which he reveals the mystery word that occaisioned the story. I found them very entertaining and informative, and, as usual, Rathbone's voice is wonderful to listen to. I'm always amazed by the clarity of his diction.
I've supplied five installments below, and have listed the word around which each episode is based. This is a rare and wonderful bit of radio history, and a must-hear for fans of the legendary Basil Rathbone.
Basil Rathbone, Word Detective