Grant Barrett

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  • Username: grantbarrett
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  • Role: Producer Group Staff

Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Singing Sand (#1546) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Cat hair may be something you brush off, but "cat hair" is also a slang term that means "money." In the same way, cat beer isn't alcoholic -- some people use "cat beer" as a ...
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Truth and Beauty (#1499) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Vocabulary that trickles down from the top of the world. Malamute, kayak, and parka are just some of the words that have found their way into English from the language of ...
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Baby's Breath (#1545) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Have you ever googled your own name and found someone else who goes by the very same moniker? There's a word for that: googleganger. Plus, the language of hobbyists and ...
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Dessert Stomach (#1498) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Funny cat videos and cute online photos inspire equally adorable slang terms we use to talk about them. When a cat leaves its tongue out, that's a blep. A boop is a gentle ...
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Hog on Ice (#1544) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

One secret to writing well is . . . there is no secret! There's no substitute for simply sitting down day after day to practice the craft and learn from your mistakes. Plus, ...
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Brollies and Bumbershoots (#1496) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you think they refer to umbrellas as bumbershoots in the UK, think again. The word bumbershoot actually originated in the United States! In Britain, it's a brolly. Plus, a ...
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Goody Two-Shoes (#1543) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

She sells seashells by the seashore. Who is the she in this tongue twister? Some claim it's the young Mary Aning, who went on to become a famous 19th-century British ...
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Cool Your Soup (#1495) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

According to Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, it's important to master the basics of writing, but there comes a time when you have to strike out on your own and teach yourself. ...
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Baby Blues (#1542) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A hundred years ago, suffragists lobbied to win women the right to vote. Linguistically speaking, though, suffrage isn't about "suffering." It's from a Latin word that ...
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Put on the Dog (#1494) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Ever wonder whatever happened to responding to "Thank you" with the words "You're welcome"? A listener asks why so many radio interviews end with the interviewee thanking the ...