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A Way with Words - language, linguistics, and callers from all over
A Way with Words - language, linguistics, and callers from all over
Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.

Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, language change and varieties, as well as... more

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Episodes

Sleeve Island - 24 June 2024

Language from inside a monastery. A Benedictine monk in the Episcopal Church shares terms from his world: For example, corporate prayer refers... more

24 Jun 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Walkie Talkie (Rebroadcast) - 17 June 2024

One of the most powerful words you’ll ever hear — and one of the most poignant — isn’t in dictionaries... more

17 Jun 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Tiger Tail (Rebroadcast) - 10 June 2024

You may have a favorite word in English, but what about your favorite in another language? The Spanish term ojalå is especially... more

10 Jun 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Clever Clogs (Rebroadcast) - 3 June 2024

Ribbon fall. Gallery forest. You won’t find terms like these in most dictionaries, but they and hundreds like them are discussed... more

03 Jun 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Bug in Your Ear (Rebroadcast) - 27 May 2024

Is there something inherent in English that makes it the linguistic equivalent of the Borg, dominating and consuming other languages... more

27 May 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
The Black Dog (Rebroadcast) - 20 May 2024

Books were rare treasures in the Middle Ages, painstakingly copied out by hand. So how to protect them from theft?... more

20 May 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Animal Crackers - 13 May 2024

Images of birds flutter inside lots of English words and phrases, from “nest egg” and “pecking order,” to proverbs from... more

13 May 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Beside Myself (Rebroadcast) - 6 May 2024

The new Downton Abbey movie is a luscious treat for fans of the public-television period piece, but how accurate is... more

06 May 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Skookum (Rebroadcast) - 29 April 2024

So you’ve long dreamed of writing fiction, but don’t know where to begin? There are lots of ways to get... more

29 Apr 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
Electric Soup - 22 April 2024

When an international team of scientists traveled to a research station in Antarctica for six months, the language they all... more

22 Apr 2024 ¡ 53 minutes
A Way with Words - language, linguistics, and callers from all over
Sleeve Island - 24 June 2024
A Way with Words - language, linguistics, and callers from all over