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Points on a Compass, the Saga Continues

Welcome to another edition of the "A Way with Words" newsletter! Remember Tom, the guy who's still trying to recall a word he insists he learned long ago? He said it meant "the points on a compass." We spoke to him on the air...

Blue Bark Mystery; Words of the Year; New Shows!

Bongiorno! In this week's podcast, a caller asks a delicate question about “blue bark shipment,” an expression involving the transport of deceased members of the military. Martha and Grant discuss the challenge of tracking down its...

Let’s Blow This Joint

Salutations, Earthlings. Take me to your podcast! This week a caller sends us off on a slang-infested trip about saying fast good-byes. Listen as we blow pop, popcorn, and taco stands by way of author Jim Harrison, the comic strip Funky...

Dangerous Books You Should Read

Howdy, pilgrims! This week in the A Way with Words podcast, discover the joys (and temptations!) of two new books of collected wisdom: "The Yale Book of Quotations" edited by Fred Shapiro, and James Geary's "Guide to the...

Dibs, Hosey, or Finnie

Halloo and hiya! Here's another podcast from A Way with Words. When you were a child and wanted to lay claim to something, what did you say? Did you call "dibs"? Or did you "hosey" it? A caller is curious about another verb...

Country Eggs

Dear fellow lexigrapplers, This week in the latest A Way with Words podcast, Martha reminisces about her family's mountain roots while dipping into the delicious vocabulary of Southernisms found in the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. When...