A Way With Words on RADIO IQ with BBC

Saturdays at 7:00 pm on RADIO IQ.
Martha Barnette, Grant Barrett

A Way With Words is a weekly, hour-long, national, caller-based program about language. Author Martha Barnette and lexicographer Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, linguistic heirlooms, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well.

By looking at the world through the lens of language, A Way With Words offers a brand-new perspective on politics, pop culture, history, sports, music, science, literature, and foreign cultures.

Funny, informative, and fast-paced, each hour-long episode includes a word puzzle and slang quiz. 

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Program Headlines

  • Sunday, February 9, 2014 6:53pm
    We all lead busy lives—so are speed reading courses a good idea? Plus, if you hear someone speaking with a British accent, do you tend to assume they’re somehow more intelligent? And some common English surnames tell us stories about life in the Middle Ages. Plus, a 29-letter word for the fear of the number [...]
  • Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:25pm
    Dude! We’re used to hearing the word “dude” applied to guys. But increasingly, young women use the word “dude” to address each other. Grant and Martha talk about linguistic research about the meaning and uses of “dude.” Also, the story behind the term “eavesdropping.” Originally, it referred to the act of standing outside someone’s window. [...]
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:34pm
    For language lovers, it’s like New Year’s, Fourth of July, and the Super Bowl all rolled into one: The brand-new online edition of the Dictionary of American Regional English. Martha and Grant explain what all the fuss is about. Plus, the debate over that meal in a glass container: some call it a hot dish, [...]
  • Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:07am
    It’s the business of business jargon. Say you’re in line at the drugstore. Does it bother you if the cashier says, “Next guest”? In department stores and coffeeshops, does the term “guest” suggest real hospitality—or just an annoying edict from corporate headquarters? And speaking of buzzwords, has your boss adopted the trendy term “cadence”? Also: [...]
  • Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:18am
    A pint-sized mad scientist, a green-haired girl with a contagious sense of wonder, and a 10-year-old detective. They’re all characters in the books on Grant’s latest list of recommended books for children. Also, what’s the word for a female octopus? How about a male kangaroo? A colorful book for younger kids has those answers and [...]

Playlist

May 04, 2013

3:07 PM
Getaway
Artist : Dr. John
Album : Locked Down
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Label : Nonesuch
3:13 PM
Easter Parade
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Step One
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Label : Solid State
3:26 PM
Plus Plus
Artist : The Poets of Rhythm
Album : Discern / Define
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Label : Quannum Projects
3:31 PM
Cold Blooded
Artist : The Bar Kays
Album : Stax of Funk vm 2
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Label : BGP Records
3:32 PM
Basin Street Blues
Artist : Dr. John
Album : Goin' Back to New Orleans
Composer :
Label : Warner Brothers
3:33 PM
Step One
Artist : Jimmy McGriff
Album : Step One
Composer :
Label : Solid State
3:43 PM
Burnt Biscuits
Artist : The Triumphs
Album : Burnt Biscuits 45rpm
Composer :
Label : Volt
3:50 PM
Funky Broadway
Artist : The Mohawks
Album : The Champ
Composer :
Label : Pama Records
3:51 PM
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
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Label : Verve