Hello, guys and dolls--it's another newsletter from A Way with Words.
We aired an episode this past weekend in which we talked about the footwear known as "go-aheads," what part of the body is "possible," aptronyms (when a person's name matches their profession), and we made some holiday book recommendations.
We also posted two online-only minicasts. "The Lipstick Express" summarizes the words of the year inspired by Sarah Palin:
"I Can Has Shimmery Eyez" is a sweet reminiscence about the passing of Martha's cat, Typo, and his "chatoyant" gaze.
Now, some links from the world of language:
Wordsmith Nancy Friedman offers her list of books to buy for the language lover in your life:
Pam Nelson writes in the North Carolina News & Observer about whether we "pick" our elected officials or we "choose" them. Can you only pick fruit and cotton?
Does a whistling orangutan indicate that the animals have higher language capabilities than we thought?
A New York City teacher writes about what it's like to teach a class in which 80% of the students speak a first language other than English in a school that has been officially judged to be in need of "corrective action":
In the Grand Forks Herald, in North Dakota, Lisa Gibson writes about ELL's--English language learners--in the community:
The paper also explains more about how ELLs are defined and characterized:
Best wishes from your radio pals,
Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett