Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Piping Hot (#1503) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The game of baseball has always inspired colorful commentary. Sometimes that means using familiar words in unfamiliar ways. The word "stuff," for example, can refer to a ...
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Copacetic (#1441) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Brand names, children's games, and the etiquette of phone conversations. Those clever plastic PEZ dispensers come in all shapes and sizes -- but where did the word PEZ come ...
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Mustard on It (#1440) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

When does a word's past make it too sensitive to use in the present? In contra dancing, there's a particular move that dancers traditionally call a gypsy. But there's a ...
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Proof in the Pudding (#1439) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Have you ever offered to foster a dog or cat, but wound up adopting instead? There's an alliterative term for that. And when you're on the job, do niceties like "Yes, ma'am" ...
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Mimeographs and Dittos (#1502) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

How colors got their names, and a strange way to write. The terms "blue" and "orange" arrived in English via French, so why didn't we also adapt the French for black and ...
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Spicy Jambalaya (#1501) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Teen slang from the South, and food words that are tricky to pronounce. High schoolers in Huntsville, Alabama, give Martha and Grant an earful about their slang -- including ...
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Chopped Liver (#1500) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

There's a proverb that goes "Beloved children have many names." That's at least as true when it comes to the names we give our pets. "Fluffy" becomes "Fluffers" becomes ...
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Busted Melon (#1436) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

When writing textbooks about slavery, which words best reflect its cold, hard reality? Some historians are dropping the word "slave" in favor of terms like "enslaved person" ...
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Truth and Beauty (#1499) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Vocabulary that trickles down from the top of the world. Malamute, kayak, and parka are just some of the words that have found their way into English from the language of ...
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Jump Steady (#1435) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Secret codes, ciphers, and telegrams. It used to be that in order to transmit information during wartime, various industries encoded their messages letter by letter with an ...