When it comes to joining Facebook affinity groups, grammar lovers have lots of choices. Take, for example, the group whose motto is “Punctuation saves lives.” It’s called “Let’s Eat Grandma!” or “Let’s eat, Grandma!” Martha and Grant talk about their favorite tongue-in-cheek Facebook groups for grammar lovers. Also this week: when to use apostrophes, whether to distinguish between bring and take, and the difference between a murphy and a wedgie. This episode first aired March 13, 2010.
Of course, you can also find A Way with Words on Facebook.
Ever notice how you can sing the lyrics of “Amazing Grace” to the theme from “Gilligan’s Island”—or for that matter, to “The House of the Rising Sun”? Turns out there are many more examples of this. Is there a word for this musical phenomenon? (Did you know Garrison Keillor can sing “Amazing Grace” to theme song of The Mickey Mouse Club.)
When someone grabs your underwear from behind and gives it a good, vertical yank, it’s called a wedgie. A caller knows that term, but wonders whether and how a wedgie differs from a murphy or a melvin.
Photo by Jenny Downing. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Music Used in the Episode
|You’ve Made Me So Very Happy||O’Donel Levy||Killer Jazz Funk From The Groove Merchant Vault||LRC Ltd|
|Step One||Jimmy McGriff||Step One||Solid State|
|Nose Job||James Brown||Ain’t It Funky Now||King Records|
|Easter Parade||Jimmy McGriff||Step One||Solid State|
|Theme From Shaft||Isaac Hayes||Shaft: Music From The Soundtrack||Stax|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|