Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Space Cadet (#1514) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

We have books that should be on every language lover's wish list, plus a couple of recommendations for history buffs. Plus: how did the word boondoggle come to denote a ...
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Howling Fantods (#1513) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Are there words and phrases that you misunderstood for an embarrassingly long time? Maybe you thought that money laundering literally meant washing drug-laced dollar bills, ...
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Cherry Bombs (#1551) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

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 ...
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Bottled Sunshine (#1512) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you catch your blue jeans on a nail, you may find yourself with a winklehawk. This term was adapted into English from Dutch, and means "an L-shaped tear in a piece of ...
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Queen Bee (#1550) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

An artist asks strangers to write haiku about the pandemic, and gets back poetic, poignant glimpses of life under lockdown. Plus, the new book Queenspotting features the ...
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Cootie Shot (#1510) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Perfect sentences and slang that tickles your mind. A new book of writing advice says that a good sentence "imposes a logic on the world's weirdness" and pares away options ...
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Navel-Gazing (#1549) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

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 ...
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Ding Ding Man (#1509) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

In 1803, a shy British pharmacist wrote a pamphlet that made him a reluctant celebrity. The reason? He proposed a revolutionary new system for classifying clouds--with Latin ...
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Take Tea for the Fever (#1508)   (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Silence comes in lots of different forms. In fact, says writer Paul Goodman, there are several kinds: There's the noisy silence of "resentment and self-recrimination," and ...
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Yak Shaving (#1548) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

There was a time when William Shakespeare was just another little 7-year-old in school. Classes in his day were demanding -- and all in Latin. A new book argues that this ...