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Philtrum, the Love Dimple

Greetings earthlings! In our latest podcast, Martha muses about the "love dimple." You know, that little dent in your upper lip? It's called a "philtrum." The erotic origins of this word prove once again that etymology is...

Done Deal: The Show Continues!

Estimados amigos and chers amis, We’ve been a little quiet because we didn’t want to start making a fire before the logs were stacked, but the news can now be told: “A Way with Words” is alive! That’s right: the show...

Shorthand of Backhands and Forehands

Greetings, oh wise ones. Here's another podcast, this one featuring a slang quiz on the word "phonemarking." In our discussion forums we're still taking entries to win a copy of Jeff Prucher's book, "The Oxford Dictionary...

A Game of Tennis with Three Players?

Aloha! We have another A Way with Words podcast goofy-footing among the grommets. Martha's been putting together a collection of your favorite collective nouns and Grant joins her to swat around a caller’s question about what to call a...

Gardentoolism

Hola, estimados oyentes! It's time for another podcast from "A Way with Words." Earlier this summer a word caught Grant's fancy: "gardentoolism." So he made a slang quiz about it! Listen to the podcast here. If you...

What A Load of Bunk!

Few are the words whose origins we know for certain, but "bunk" is one of them. From the mountains of North Carolina to the halls of Congress to everyday language, Martha scoops the skinny in the latest online-only podcast: Find a...