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Word Matters

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Word Matters

Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media

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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who's curious about the English language. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is our language.
 
Prose: "a dull or ordinary style, quality, or condition" - merriam-webster. Welcome to the Prose Between Bros podcast! Where two bros each write one page of prose inspired by a randomly generated prompt. Join us every Thursday for a new episode and follow us on Twitter @ProseTweenBros.
 
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Machshavah Lab

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Machshavah Lab

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

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My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be div ...
 
Blackthropology is a podcast/movement primarily focused on creating fun, intellectual and raw dialogue that encourages an examination of the issues, concerns and SUCCESSES within the Black community. The name clearly stems from the word “anthropology,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.” Blackthropology is a spin on the study of anthropol ...
 
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2022 is: non sequitur • \NAHN-SEK-wuh-ter\ • noun A non sequitur is a statement that either does not logically follow from or is not clearly related to what was previously said. // The host's non sequitur about the award recipient's unconventional dress did not go unnoticed by her fans on social med…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2022 is: debilitating • \dih-BILL-uh-tay-ting\ • adjective Debilitating means "causing serious impairment of strength or ability to function." // The flu can be debilitating for several days. See the entry > Examples: "Smartphone addiction is a real thing, and it can be really debilitating. This rin…
 
Our Springfield office holds a file of 16 million alphabetized scraps of paper, each containing a citation for a word. Some of them are from as far back as the 19th century. Many are written by hand. So... how did we create this bit of living history? It's a long story. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice a…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2022 is: winsome • \WIN-sum\ • adjective Winsome means "pleasing or cheerful." // The interviewers all remarked on the candidate's winsome personality, which made her stand out among the other qualified job applicants. See the entry > Examples: "Among the fabled activists who risked their lives and …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 17, 2022 is: stola • \STOH-luh\ • noun A stola is a long, draped robe worn by women of ancient Rome. // The traditional garment worn by women in ancient Rome was the stola; men wore the corresponding toga. Examples: "Lady Liberty is dressed in a free-flowing robe called a stola. Over the stola, she is w…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 16, 2022 is: sanguine • \SANG-gwin\ • adjective Sanguine means "confidently optimistic." // The young CEO is sanguine about the struggling company's future. See the entry > Examples: "Mystifyingly, the Tony-nominated actress was never invited to audition for the 2020 Broadway revival of … 'West Side Sto…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 15, 2022 is: euphemism • \YOO-fuh-miz-um\ • noun A euphemism is an agreeable or inoffensive word or phrase that is used instead of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant. // The euphemism "passed on" is often used to communicate the unpleasant news that someone has "died." See the entry > E…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 14, 2022 is: gloss • \GLAHSS\ • verb Gloss means "to provide a brief explanation of a difficult or obscure word or expression" or, generally, "to explain or interpret." // The text of the book is relatively jargon-free and most of the technical vocabulary has been glossed. See the entry > Examples: "Glo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 13, 2022 is: meritorious • \mair-uh-TOR-ee-us\ • adjective Meritorious means "deserving of honor or esteem." // At the gathering, the company's president expressed his gratitude to employees for their meritorious service. See the entry > Examples: "It's no secret that these companies have a lot on the l…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 12, 2022 is: stir-crazy • \STER-KRAY-zee\ • adjective Stir-crazy means "distraught because of prolonged confinement." // Guests at the ski lodge began going stir-crazy after Day 3 of being snowed in by the blizzard. See the entry > Examples: "Trying to decide what to do with stir-crazy Vermont kids in w…
 
Should we only enter words everyone knows, or does the dictionary need to cover the obscure as well? The answer is, well, pretty philosophical. Hosted by Emily Brewster, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration with New England Public Media. Transcript available here. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California…
 
Note: I've uploaded this shiur to Machshavah Lab AND The Tefilah Podcast because it's relevant to both and I can spare the minutes this month. This evening (1/11/22), in our tefilah shiur, we tackled a bunch of fundamental questions on tefilah, including but not limited to: (1) How "poetic" are the Torah's songs, David ha'Melech's Tehilim, and our …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 11, 2022 is: tome • \TOHM\ • noun A tome is a large or scholarly book. // The book is a literary tome set during the French Revolution. See the entry > Examples: "Paul McCartney, the iconic Beatles band member, ... has put out a tome of a memoir. Inside the creator recounts his more than eight decades o…
 
In this episode of Union Break, we get into a discussion about Travis and his dislike for the Star Wars franchise as well as some other Disney-related things. We finally have addressed our audio issues and continue the chaos in 2022! Co-Hosts Alec Banning Charles Knurek Nathan Thibodeau Travis Brown Writers, Contributors, and Research Assistants Al…
 
This morning (1/7/22), in our aptly named "Chumash Exploration," we took up two very basic questions: (1) Who carried out the Plague of the Firstborn? (2) What is the purpose of the Korban Pesach? The average Jew who has attended Pesach sedarim would probably have ready answers to both of these questions. That's where Sforno comes in. His commentar…
 
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