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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 ...
 
Language moves fast and Word Bomb is here to help. Unpacking one explosive word per week, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk to experts and dive deep into lived experiences to share stories the dictionary doesn't tell you.
 
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31 October 2020 | WORD Christchurch Spring FestivalPresented by Milford Asset ManagementJoin MC Joe Bennett for this outrageous festival institution guaranteed to entertain and provoke. Is it the end of the world as we know it? Arguing for or against are The Spinoff editor Toby Manhire, satirist Tom Scott, novelist Paula Morris, comedian Guy Willia…
 
This week's Culture Club inductee is one of Ireland's great novelists, John Banville.His new novel, Snow, is out now.He spoke to Matt about his favourite books and authors, plays, movies, TV shows and music.Favourite Books: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, Ill Seen Ill Said by Samuel BeckettFavourite Play: Beginning to End by Samuel BeckettFa…
 
For centuries, eight reindeer pulled Santa’s sleigh. Santa expanded the roster to nine when air pollution necessitated Rudolph’s bright nose. Despite ever-increasing payloads and deliveries, Santa and his crew did their job. Until Clover the horse wanted to join. Sure, he was a horse. He couldn’t fly. But he identified as a pegasus. “See my cardboa…
 
Now that we've got your attention: Pippa and Karina investigate how sex drives slang creation in the English language. With Jonathon Green, one of the world's leading lexicographers and author of Green's Dictionary of Slang, they take a trip through steamy slang and anatomical idioms from the 1500s all the way to the present day. They also break do…
 
In which we look at pop conspiracy theories (eg Britney Spears), the Christmas songs that work for 2020, the 36 different versions of the new McCartney album, the howling mundanity of Arsene Wenger's Desert Island Discs, folk box-sets made in China, Gary Barlow in Sainsbury's, "America's truth crisis" and mangled celebrity band names. And the time …
 
Today, we share the first half of Bishop Barron’s recent discussion with Dave Rubin on the topic “Has Liberalism Failed?” It’s part of the “Bishop Barron Presents” series of conversations with various thinkers and cultural influencers. In this discussion, Bishop Barron and Dave uncover the underlying issues fueling today’s partisan politics and the…
 
The autocomplete function on your phone comes in handy, of course. But is it changing the way we write and how linguists study language? Also, suppose you could invite any two authors, living or dead, to dinner. Who's on your guest list and why? Plus, anchors aweigh! The slang of sailors includes the kind of BOSS you'd better dodge, a barn you sail…
 
thanksgiving recap, history being closer than it feels, raising kids, the Grammys and diversity, music and authenticity. you break mirrors when you stare at em too long but God doesn't mind. He loves you. note: we briefly discuss the Florida Classic leaving Tampa. though n*ggas were indeed niggin, the response the city had to them was absolutely ro…
 
Host Richard Cracknell was joined by Lee McQueen, Jamie Brown from the Daily Hotspur and Antony Costa on this edition of the Last Word On Spurs. Tottenham returned to the top of the Premier League despite being held by Chelsea in a highly-competitive yet goalless London stalemate. The eagerly-anticipated fixture between two teams in excellent form …
 
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