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Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.
A Way with Words
language, linguistics, and callers from all over
Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, language change and varieties, as well as word histories, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Be a part of the show with author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett. Share your language thoughts, questions, and stories: https://waywordradio.org/contact or [email protected]. In the US 🇺🇸 and Canada 🇨🇦, call 1 (877) 929-9673 toll-free 24/7. In the UK 🇬🇧, 020 3286 5677. In México 🇲🇽, 55 8421...
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4.6 stars from 2,332 ratings
Laugh out loud education
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Listening to a way with words makes me laugh with fascination. Wonderful show! Entertaining and curious inspiring.
emwatz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/24
Ah words, what would we do without thee?
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What I like about this podcast is it goes into the enthusiasm of learning about the meaning or different language means of English words, English phrases and their history but also to understand how certain words that you think mean the same thing may actually have different meanings and how...Read full review »
grantast via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/02/24
Keep your powder Dry
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The listener Cody looking for one word for drink when inviting people to food and drink. Libation/ Libations Can it be used to Libate ?
Rangies09 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/23
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