Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Walkie Talkie (#1541) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

One of the most powerful words you'll ever hear -- and one of the most poignant -- isn't in dictionaries yet. But it probably will be one day. The word is endling, and it ...
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Tiger Tail (#1540) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

You may have a favorite word in English, but what about your favorite in another language? The Spanish term ojala is especially handy for expressing hopefulness and derives ...
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Gee and Haw (#1493) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The highly specialized vocabulary of people who work outdoors, like farmers and fishermen, can bring us closer to the natural world. Also, a woman who trains sled dogs ...
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Crusticles and Fenderbergs (#1491) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A second-generation Filipino-American finds that when he speaks English, his personality is firm, direct, and matter-of-fact. But when he speaks with family members in ...
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Clever Clogs (#1539) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Ribbon fall. Gallery forest. You won't find terms like these in most dictionaries, but they and hundreds like them are discussed by famous writers in the book Home Ground: A ...
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Little Shavers (#1538) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on A Way with Words: Insider knowledge and expert advice. The word "hipster" might seem recent, but it actually originated in the 1930s, and referred to jazz ...
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Bug in Your Ear (#1537) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Is there something inherent in English that makes it the linguistic equivalent of the Borg, dominating and consuming other languages in its path? No, Not at all. The answer ...
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Bun in the Oven (#1490) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Family words, and words about being in a family way. How many different ways ARE there to say you have a baby on the way? Sure, you can say you're pregnant, or that you're ...
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The Black Dog (#1536) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Books were rare treasures in the Middle Ages, painstakingly copied out by hand. So how to protect them from theft? Scribes sometimes added a curse to the first page of those ...
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Flying Pickle  (#1489) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

How would you like to be welcomed to married life by friends and neighbors descending on your home for a noisy celebration, tearing off the labels of all your canned foods ...