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Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, and language change and differences, as well as word histories, etymology, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Listeners of all backgrounds can join author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett on the show with their language thoughts, questions, and stories: https://waywordradio.org/contact or word ...
 
Public radio's game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy. The warmest, wittiest cocktail party - it's spirited and civil, brainy and boisterous, peppered with musical interludes. Fast paced and playful, it's the most fun you can have with language without getting your mouth washed out with soap. Our motto: It's not important to know the answers, it's important to like the answers!
 
Hosts Brian Kathenes and Leon Castner will entertain you with their witty and thorough knowledge of everything that you can put a price tag on. From furniture to autographs, coins to stamps, the list is endless! Plus, test your knowledge with the Value This stumper and Leon's quote of the week. Call 1-877-41-VALUE to be part of Public Radio's most exciting show.
 
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Asthenosphere, a geologist's term for the molten layer beneath the earth's crust, sparks a journey that stretches all the way from ancient Greece to the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Plus: What the heck is a dogberg? It's when a dog runs into you and knocks you over. This bit of slang was inspired by a professional wrestler who finished off his oppo…
 
From Seattle, WA with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Murray Horwitz Rounds Played: Round 1: Famous Turkeys Round 2: Bluff (tobie) Round 3: Common Thread Round 4: Bluff (gio) Spotlight Round: Familial Phrasing Round 5: Culinary Crooning…
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Midnight Moon from Annalisa Tornfelt and Gideon Fraudmann’s album, Spring Breakup: Songs…
 
A documentary film called My Beautiful Stutter" follows youngsters at a summer camp specifically for stutterers. It's a place for finding acceptance, support, and confidence for navigating the larger world. And: "The High Priestess of Soul," Nina Simone, was one of the most beguiling performers of all time. A beautiful new picture book for children…
 
From Boston, MA with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Flash Wiley, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds Played: Round 1: Odd Man Out Round 2: Bluff (pignoration) Round 3: No Relation Round 4: Bluff (muggle) Spotlight Round: The Basics Round 5: The Game's the Thing…
 
From Wellesley, MA with host Richard Sher Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Murray Horwitz Studio Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Rounds Played: Round 1: Not Quite Round 2: Bluff (petrichor) Spotlight Round: What's the Difference? Round 3: Subject Headings Round 4: Bluff (mackle) Round 5: Computer Acronyms…
 
From Town Hall Seattle with host Richard Sher Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Studio Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Rounds Played: Round 1: Halloween IQ Round 2: Bluff (guck) Round 3: Mixed Messages Round 4: Bluff (kis) Spotlight Round: Literary Horror Round 5: Melded Movies…
 
Amid court-ordered busing in the 1970s, a middle-school teacher tried to distract her nervous students on the first day of class with this strange assignment: find a monarch caterpillar. The result? A memorable lesson in the miracle of metamorphosis. Plus, the story behind the slang expression Word!, meaning "Believe me!" The original version invol…
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Feminist from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrian’s score to Christine. Under Siege from the…
 
We use the term Milky Way for that glowing arc across the sky. But how people picture it varies from culture to culture. In Sweden, that starry band goes by a name that means "Winter Street," and in Hawaii, a term for the Milky Way translates as "fish jumping in shadows." And: the history of naming rooms in a house. Some old houses have a room off …
 
In the 15th century, the word respair meant "to have hope again." Although this word fell out of use, it's among dozens collected in a new book of soothing vocabulary for troubled times. Plus, baseball slang: If a batter doesn't pour the pine," an outfielder may snag a can of corn, or "an easily caught fly ball." And the 1960s TV show "Laugh-In" sp…
 
From St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont with host Richard Sher Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Tom Kemp Studio Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Paula Lyons, Arnie Reisman Rounds Played: Round 1: Numerology Round 2: Bluff (pirlie) Round 3: A Pleasure in Words Round 4: Bluff (leese) Spotlight Round: Sports Legends Round 5: Revolting Develo…
 
From Town Hall Theatre in Woodstock, Vermont with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Tom Kemp Musicians: Tin Pan Valentinos Rounds Played: Round 1: Definitions of Fall Round 2 - Bluff (jabble) Spotlight: Bio Fictionary Round 3 : No Hits, No Runs, Just Errors – Baseba…
 
The words tough, through, and dough all end in O-U-G-H. So why don't they rhyme? A lively new book addresses the many quirks of English by explaining the history of words and phrases. And: have you ever been in a situation where a group makes a decision to do something, only to discover later that no one really wanted to do that thing in the first …
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. A note on notes: We’d much rather you jus…
 
What happens in a classroom of refugee and immigrant youngsters learning English? Their fresh approach to language can result in remarkable poetry -- some of which is collected in the anthology England: Poems from a School. Also, new language among healthcare professionals: the term cohorting describes the act of grouping patients with COVID-19 in …
 
From Woodstock, VT with host Richard Sher Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Tom Kemp (Actor Film and Television) Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Musicians: Tin Pan Valentinos Round 1: Tools of the Trade Round 2: Bluff (bdellometer) Round 3: Word Combinations Round 4: Bluff (bezzle) Round 5: Lyrical Television…
 
This week on "A Way with Words": When there's no evening meal planned at home, what do you call that scramble to cobble together your own dinner? Some people apply acronyms like YOYO -- "you're on your own" -- or CORN, for "Clean out your refrigerator night." Plus, when a barista hands you hot coffee in a paper cup, you may ask for a sleeve to put …
 
This episode was originally released in October, 2014. The music in this one: “An Ending, A Beginning” by Dustin O’Halloran. “I am Piano” by Peter Broderick. Two songs from the soundtrack to “With a Song in my Heart”: American Medley, and That Old Feeling. The one at the end is “I’ll Never be the Same.” My version’s on a collection called “Can’t ge…
 
From the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Fred Barron, Julie Jaffe, Barry Nolan Musical Guest: Beetlebung Steel Band Round One: Odd Man Out Round Two - Bluff: leelane Round Three: Assemblage of Adjectives Round Four - Bluff: cimex Round Five: Coina…
 
From Boston, Massachusetts with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds Played: S1, EP 11, R1: Derivations S1, EP 13, R1: Vocabularial Muscle S1, EP 11, R2: Bluff (fimetarious) S1, EP 4, R3: Odd Man Out S1, EP 11, R3: The Golden Age of Advertising S1, E…
 
An ornithologist says there's a growing movement to change the name of a pink-footed bird currently called the flesh-footed shearwater. The movement reflects a growing understanding that using flesh-colored for "pink" fails to acknowledge the full range of human skin color. Plus, is hooligan an anti-Irish slur? Some people might perceive it that wa…
 
In 1971, when a new public library opened in Troy, Michigan, famous authors and artists were invited to write letters to the city's youngest readers, extolling the many benefits of libraries. One of the loveliest was from E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web. Plus, you may think navel-gazing is a relatively new idea -- but it goes back at least to…
 
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