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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.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 11:34amWhy call it a doggy bag when it’s really for your husband? Grant and Martha talk about the language of leftovers and why we eat beef and not cow. And how old is the typical public-library patron? Plus, in Afghanistan, proverbs are part of everyday conversation — like the one about how every proud porcupine [...]
Monday, September 30, 2013 1:25pmYou walk into a used bookstore, or pull down an old volume at the library, and there it is: The smell of old books. If you detect notes of vanilla in that intoxicating scent, there’s a reason. Also, why some people think the word awesome is overused, why Comic Sans is a font almost universally [...]
Thursday, September 26, 2013 7:27pmDear friends and fans, A Way with Words starts a new season this weekend and we need your help to raise $50,000 to cover costs. To keep enjoying new episodes of the show, give now. Surprising Reasons to Help Here’s a surprising fact: A Way with Words doesn’t get a dime from NPR. In fact, [...]
Saturday, September 21, 2013 11:34amHave a question about objective pronouns? Whom ya gonna call? Wait–is that right? Or would it be “who ya gonna call”? “Whom” may be technically correct, but insisting on it can get you called an elitist. It’s enough to make you nervous as a polecat in a perfume parlor! And if you really want to [...]
Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:04pmToday’s most popular dog names are Max and Bella. In the Middle Ages, though, dogs would answer to names like Amiable. Or Nosewise. Or even … Clench. ♦ Is the term redneck derogatory? Some folks proudly claim that name. They say it’s high time they were redneckcognized. ♦ Also, the origin of the phrase rule [...]
April 27, 2013