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Public radio's game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsy. The warmest, wittiest cocktail party - it's spirited and civil, brainy and boisterous, peppered with musical interludes. Fast paced and playful, it's the most fun you can have with language without getting your mouth washed out with soap. Our motto: It's not important to know the answers, it's important to like the answers!
 
Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, and language change and differences, as well as word histories, etymology, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Listeners of all backgrounds can join author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett on the show with their language thoughts, questions, and stories: https://waywordradio.org/contact or word ...
 
Hosts Brian Kathenes and Leon Castner will entertain you with their witty and thorough knowledge of everything that you can put a price tag on. From furniture to autographs, coins to stamps, the list is endless! Plus, test your knowledge with the Value This stumper and Leon's quote of the week. Call 1-877-41-VALUE to be part of Public Radio's most exciting show.
 
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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. A note on notes: We’d much rather you jus…
 
What happens in a classroom of refugee and immigrant youngsters learning English? Their fresh approach to language can result in remarkable poetry -- some of which is collected in the anthology England: Poems from a School. Also, new language among healthcare professionals: the term cohorting describes the act of grouping patients with COVID-19 in …
 
From Woodstock, VT with host Richard Sher Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Tom Kemp (Actor Film and Television) Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Musicians: Tin Pan Valentinos Round 1: Tools of the Trade Round 2: Bluff (bdellometer) Round 3: Word Combinations Round 4: Bluff (bezzle) Round 5: Lyrical Television…
 
This week on "A Way with Words": When there's no evening meal planned at home, what do you call that scramble to cobble together your own dinner? Some people apply acronyms like YOYO -- "you're on your own" -- or CORN, for "Clean out your refrigerator night." Plus, when a barista hands you hot coffee in a paper cup, you may ask for a sleeve to put …
 
This episode was originally released in October, 2014. The music in this one: “An Ending, A Beginning” by Dustin O’Halloran. “I am Piano” by Peter Broderick. Two songs from the soundtrack to “With a Song in my Heart”: American Medley, and That Old Feeling. The one at the end is “I’ll Never be the Same.” My version’s on a collection called “Can’t ge…
 
From the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha's Vineyard with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Fred Barron, Julie Jaffe, Barry Nolan Musical Guest: Beetlebung Steel Band Round One: Odd Man Out Round Two - Bluff: leelane Round Three: Assemblage of Adjectives Round Four - Bluff: cimex Round Five: Coina…
 
From Boston, Massachusetts with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds Played: S1, EP 11, R1: Derivations S1, EP 13, R1: Vocabularial Muscle S1, EP 11, R2: Bluff (fimetarious) S1, EP 4, R3: Odd Man Out S1, EP 11, R3: The Golden Age of Advertising S1, E…
 
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 understanding that using flesh-colored for "pink" fails to acknowledge the full range of human skin color. Plus, is hooligan an anti-Irish slur? Some people might perceive it that wa…
 
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 benefits of libraries. One of the loveliest was from E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web. Plus, you may think navel-gazing is a relatively new idea -- but it goes back at least to…
 
From the World Trade Center in Boston with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds played in Back 9: S2, EP 14, R1: Unforgettable Characters S2, EP 13, R1: Where in the World S2, EP 14, R2: Bluff (goonch) S2, EP 12, R1: Definitions and Derivations S2, E…
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. A note on notes: We’d much rather you jus…
 
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 rigorous curriculum actually nurtured the creativity that later flourished in Shakespeare's writing. Don't know Latin? You can still adapt those approaches to stretch and hone you…
 
From Lincoln, MA with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds played in Back 9: S3, EP 23, R3: Threesomes S4, EP 4, R5: The Envelope, Please S3, EP 16, R5: Great White Way-lin' S3, EP 19, R2: Bluff (truel) S3, EP 16, R3: Mind Your Manors S3, EP 19, R5: …
 
A librarian opens a book and finds a mysterious invitation scribbled on the back of a business card. Another discovers a child's letter to the Tooth Fairy, tucked into a book decades ago. What stories are left untold by these forgotten, makeshift bookmarks? Also: a "cumshaw artist" is the wily member of a military unit who knows the shortcuts of pr…
 
From Cambridge, MA with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds played in Back 9: Round 1. Famous Last Words Round 2. Roman Recall Round 3. Bluff (jimp) Round 4. People in Places Round 5. Fleeting Glory Round 6. Bluff (sprag) Round 7. Fore and Aft Round…
 
From Lincoln, MA with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Khan, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds played in Back 9 S4, EP 20, R1: What's the Difference S4, EP 21, R3: Odd Man Out S4, EP 19, R2: Bluff (snoove) S4, EP 20, R3: False Compound Words S4, EP 19, R3: Run-On Names S4, EP 19, R4: B…
 
Youngsters want to know: What's the difference between barely and nearly, and what's so clean about a whistle, anyway? Plus, adults recount some misunderstandings from when they were knee-high to a grasshopper. Kids do come up with some surprisingly creative interpretations of words and phrases the rest of us take for granted! Read full show notes,…
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. A note on notes: We’d much rather you jus…
 
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 joking term for "milk." And imagine walking on a beach with a long stretch of shoreline. With each step, the ground makes a squeaking sound under your feet. There's a term for the …
 
with Host Dave Zobel Musical Guest: Gypsy Jazz Trio Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Murray Horwitz, Deb Hiett Stereo Right: Paul Magid, Erin Mckean, Barry Nolan Round 1: Frankenquotes Round 2: Lovat Round 3: Romantic Poetry Round 4: Kissaten Round 5: All You Need is Never Having to Say Sorry About Music…
 
You know that Yogi Berra quote about how Nobody ever comes here; it's too crowded? Actually, the first person to use this was actress Suzanne Ridgeway, who appeared in several movies with The Three Stooges. A new book shows that many well-known quotes were first spoken by women, but misattributed to more famous men. Also: a handy scientific word th…
 
From Boston with host Richard Sher Stereo Left: Carolyn Faye Fox, Arnie Reisman, Paula Lyons Stereo Right: Tony Kahn, Francine Achbar, Barry Nolan Rounds played in Back 9 #3: 1. EP. 128, R1: Odd Man Out 2. EP. 129, R1: Addenda 3. EP. 128, R2: Bluff 4. EP. 128, R3: Homophonies 5. EP. 129, R3: What’s the Difference? 6. EP. 128, R4: Bluff 7. EP. 127, …
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. In lieu of my usual re-runs filling out August, I’m doing something different: a full-reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, presented in three parts.This is part 2. Music for Gatsby was composed and performed by Mary Lattimore. Find and buy her music at marylattimoreharpist.ba…
 
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