A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over

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A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to words@waywordradio.org. Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. From anywhere in the world: +1 (619) 800-4443. Hear all past shows for free: http://waywordradio.org/. Also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wayword.

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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, produced by Stefanie Levine
1 All Verklempt (Rebroadcast) - 9 September 20192019-09-09 06:59:00
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2 Hunk Waffle (Rebroadcast) - 2 September 20192019-09-03 06:59:00
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3 Pants On Fire (Rebroadcast) - 26 August 20192019-08-26 06:59:00
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4 Frozen Rope (Rebroadcast) - 19 August 20192019-08-19 06:59:00
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5 Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 12 August 20192019-08-12 06:59:00
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6 Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 5 August 20192019-08-05 06:59:00
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7 Mrs. Astor's Horse - 29 July 20192019-07-29 06:59:00
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8 A Shoo-In (Rebroadcast) - 22 July 20192019-07-22 06:59:00
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9 At First Blush - 15 July 20192019-07-15 06:59:00
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10 Noon Of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 July 20192019-07-08 06:59:00
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Noon Of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 July 2019

Pranks, cranks, and chips. As a kid, you may have played that game where you phone someone to say, "Is your refrigerator running? Then you better go catch it!" What's the term for that kind of practical joke? Is it a crank call or a prank call? There's a big difference. Also, if someone has a chip on his shoulder, he's spoiling for a fight -- but what kind of chip are we talking about? Potato? Poker? Hint: the phrase arose at a time when there were many more wooden structures around. Finally, a conversation with an expert on polar bears leads to a discussion of history and folklore around the world. Listen to all episodes for free: https://waywordradio.org/  Support the show to keep episodes coming: https://waywordradio.org/donate  Your responses, questions, and comments are welcomed at any time!  https://waywordradio.org/contact  words@waywordradio.org  Listener line 1 (877) 929-9673 toll-free in the US and Canada  Text/SMS +1 (619) 567-9673  Copyright Wayword, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation. All rights reserved.…read more

11 Gift Horse - 1 July 20192019-07-01 06:59:00
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12 Naked as a Jaybird (Rebroadcast) - 24 June 20192019-06-24 06:59:00
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13 Had the Radish - 17 June 20192019-06-17 06:59:00
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14 Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (Rebroadcast) - 10 June 20192019-06-10 06:59:00
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15 Abso-Bloomin-Lutely - 3 June 20192019-06-03 06:59:00
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16 Skedaddle (Rebroadcast) - 27 May 20192019-05-27 06:59:00
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17 Coast is Clear (Rebroadcast) - 20 May 20192019-05-20 06:59:00
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18 Niblings and Nieflings - 13 May 20192019-05-13 13:03:46
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19 Gone to Seed (Rebroadcast) - 6 May 20192019-05-06 06:59:00
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20 Kite in a Phonebooth - 29 April 20192019-04-29 06:59:00
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