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Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Your language questions: https://waywordradio.org/contact or words@waywordradio.org. Call toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at 1 (877) 929-9673. From elsewhere in the world: +1 619 800 4443. All past shows ar ...
 
Ian Strong is a musician, former professional wrestler, world traveler, amateur stand-up comedian, and huge Atlanta Braves fan. Hear the amazing stories that he and the people he met along the way have to share from their entertaining careers, shows, and more including music that Ian personally records every instrument for every episode! Look for new, feature episodes every other Monday and catch a bonus episode every month where Ian tells you the story of a trip that he commemorated by buyi ...
 
On the Words Work At Microsoft Podcast, we’ll be chatting about how Microsoft culture has evolved, starting with the way we talk. In each episode we’ll interview someone within the Microsoft writing community, giving you an inside look at how we approach our work. And, hopefully, offering up a heavy dose of trips and tricks along the way. www.wordsworkpodcast.com
 
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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 books that was supposed to keep thieves away -- and some were as vicious as they were creative! Also: if you spot a typo in a published book, should you contact the publisher? …
 
In a new segment being introduced to the show in an effort to eliminate the negative stigmas centered around the word "immigrant," Ian sits down with a friend of his from Bavaria, Germany, Ülli Wohlfahrt, who is currently living in America because of a work visa.. In this conversation, Ian learns what Ülli does for a living, why Americans don't cal…
 
We take our voices for granted, but it's truly miraculous that we communicate complex thoughts simply by moving our mouths while exhaling. A fascinating new book reveals the science, history, and linguistics involved in human speech. And although you might associate the term paraphernalia with drug use, the word goes all the way back to ancient Gre…
 
The new Downton Abbey movie is a luscious treat for fans of the public-television period piece, but how accurate is the script when it comes to the vocabulary of the early 20th century? It may be jarring to hear the word swag, but it was already at least 100 years old. And no, it's not an acronym. Also, a historian of science sets out to write a bo…
 
With the 2021 Major League Baseball season kicking off this Thursday, Ian brings back his friend, Mark Shuey, the former sports broadcaster for WINK-104, WITF-TV, and PCN to catch up on all the biggest news from baseball's offseason. From managerial changes, free agent signings, contract extensions, rule changes, to the Hall of Fame announcement of…
 
For rock climbers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, the word "send" has a whole new meaning. You might cheer on a fellow snowboarder with "Send it, bro!" -- and being "sendy" is a really great thing. Plus: a nostalgic trip to Willa Cather's' Nebraska home inspires a reading from one of her classic books about life on the American prairie. And…
 
In this monthly edition of "Shot Glass Diaries" too big to be told in one volume, Ian tells the story of the first part of his 2018 European vacation with his friend, Lydia, to The Netherlands. While they began their trip staying at a bed and breakfast twenty minutes from downtown Amsterdam taking in the windmills and other sights, sounds, and tast…
 
So you've long dreamed of writing fiction, but don't know where to begin? There are lots of ways to get started -- creative writing classes, local writing groups, and books with prompts to get you going. The key is to get started, and then stick with it. And: which part of the body do surgeons call "the goose"? Hint: you don't want a bite of chicke…
 
For the first time since August of last year, Ian is reuniting the "Fab Three" as Marvel/DC comic book letterer extraordinaire, Dave Sharpe, and "Captain Awesome" Dan Freet return to the show to break down all of the Spider-Man feature films and discuss their individual rankings of the films. Along with breaking down the Sam Raimi Trilogy, Mark Web…
 
In Cockney rhyming slang, apples and pears is a synonym for "stairs," and dustbin lids means kids. Plus, sniglets are clever coinages for things we don't already have words for. Any guesses what incogsneeto means? It's the act of trying to hide your sneeze while wearing a face mask. Also, how the vocabulary of science fiction influences our everyda…
 
Unwrap the name of a candy bar, and you just might find a story inside. For instance, one chewy treat found in many a checkout lane is named after a family's beloved horse. And: 50 years ago in the United States, some Latino elementary students were made to adopt English versions of their own names and forbidden to speak Spanish. The idea was to he…
 
In this amazing interview, Ian chats with actor, director, podcaster, and author Brianne Davis, whom you may have seen in films or TV shows like "Jarhead," "True Blood," "Sinister," "Desperate Housewives," or "Six." After discussing some of her career on the big and small screen, including what her standards are for doing nudity on film, Brianne ta…
 
National Book Award winner Barry Lopez had wise advice for young writers. First, read widely and follow your curiosity. Second, travel or learn a foreign language. And third, find out what you truly believe, because if you're not writing from your beliefs, then you're just passing along information. And: if someone says they're going to plant flags…
 
It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when people disagreed over the best word to use when answering the phone. Alexander Graham Bell suggested answering with Ahoy! but Thomas Edison was partial to Hello. A fascinating new book about internet language says this disagreement is worth remembering when we talk about how greetings are evolving…
 
Ian chats with actor and director Andre Gower, best known for playing "Sean" in the 1987 cult classic and one of Ian's favorite movies as a kid: "The Monster Squad." Ian and Andre discuss the making of the film, how Andre felt about being cast as "Sean" after auditioning for the part of "Rudy," his relationship with some of the members of the cast,…
 
What kind of book do people ask for most often in prison? Romance Novels? No. The Bible? No. The most requested books by far are . . . dictionaries! A number of volunteer organizations gather and distribute used dictionaries to help inmates with reading, writing, and schoolwork. Plus: For some low-tech family fun, how about egg-tapping? Traditional…
 
In this volume of "Shot Glass Diaries," Ian recalls the first leg of his Californian honeymoon with his late wife, Amy, as they spent four days in San Francisco California. After telling the hilarious story of how he almost didn't make it on the plane, Ian talks about flying on Virgin Airlines and staying at the famous Fairmont before checking out …
 
One way to make your new business look trendy is to use two nouns separated by an ampersand, like Peach & Creature . . . or Rainstorm & Egg. A tongue-in-cheek website will generate names like that for you. And: in the traditions of several African countries, names for babies are often inspired by conditions at the time of their birth, like a period…
 
Just like "Inside the NFL" has a JB and Phil, this episode also has a JB and Phil as Jason "JB" Black, Phil Daneker, and "Captain Awesome" Dan Freet join Ian to talk football for the first time on the show. After discussing what they learned from the 2020 season, the crew breaks down every team in the NFL as they discuss what went right, what went …
 
Twice a day the River Thames recedes, revealing a muddy shoreline. Hobbyists known as mudlarks stroll the surface searching for objects that have found their way into the river over the centuries -- everything from ancient Roman jewelry to modern wedding rings. A new book about mudlarking describes the irresistible appeal of searching for treasures…
 
"What has a head like a cat, feet like a cat, a tail like a cat, but isn't a cat?" Answer: a kitten! A 1948 children's joke book has lots of these to share with kids. Plus: an easy explanation for the difference between immigrate with an i, and emigrate with an e. And ....a story about storks. The ancient Greeks revered these birds for the way they…
 
Ian sits down with stand-up comedian and podcaster, Brandon Youngblood. After meeting him while doing stand-up and being a guest on Brandon's "Falls Count Anywhere" podcast with Brandon's co-host and "Strong Words" alumni: Manny Santiago, Ian asks Brandon what got him into doing comedy, creating content, and staying creative while not being able to…
 
Many of us struggled with the Old English poem "Beowulf" in high school. But what if you could actually hear "Beowulf" in the English of today? There's a new translation by Maria Dahvana Headley that uses contemporary language and even internet slang to create a fresh take on this centuries-old poem -- right down to addressing the reader as Bro! Al…
 
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