Whether you’re a native speaker or a learner of English, we can learn from each other.
To get your language question or story on the air:
- In the US and Canada, call 1 (877) 929-9673 toll-free with your language questions at any time.
- From elsewhere in the world, call +1 (619) 800-4443, for which charges may apply.
- Send a text/SMS to +1 (619) 567-9673, for which charges may apply.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter @wayword
By the way, there’s a good chance we’ve already talked about your topic on the show. Search our site before sending in a question.
If you don’t find your topic already answered on this site, you can also contact us using this web form:
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How getting on the show works
The show airs at many different times around the the United States, so when you call you will hear a greeting, and then the system will record your message. We do it this way to give everyone everywhere an equal chance of getting on the show.
Be sure to give your full name, phone number, and location. Be as detailed as possible.
Later, we’ll listen to everything, and then a producer will call you back if we’d like to get you on the show. We may use your recorded message on the air or on this website, but we’ll always remove your contact information.
We get thousands of calls a year, but don’t let that stop you from calling every time you think of a question. You may become one of the chosen!
Martha, Grant, and producer Stefanie Levine also read and keep every listener email message. Include your full name, location, and how you’d like to be contacted. If we’d like to get you on the program or use your email in some other way, we’ll contact you.
We try to respond to everyone, but because we receive many thousands of emails each year (and each year more than the last), it would take every waking hour to give a full response to each of them.
Even if you don’t hear back from us right away, know that we are listening to and reading everything you send. Your thoughts, opinions, and stories are all used to help plan our shows, our seasons, and to shape the whole program itself.
What kinds of calls?
Ask a question or tell us a tale that has anything to do with language! Relate something a child said or something your grandparents said. Express curiosity about word histories and English’s origins. Tell us about speaking a new language, speaking a dead language, learning to speak for the first time — or learning to speak again after an injury. It’s all good! Debates about usage at home or at work. Something you saw, watched, heard, or read that was unfamiliar. New words you want, new words you’ve made. Getting a handle on a language change that seems to be happening. A funny misunderstanding, a serious misunderstanding, a surprising misunderstanding. Writing, speaking, reading, books, literature, literacy, style, usage, slang, dialects, pronunciation, wordplay, dictionaries, old sayings, linguistics, sociolinguistics, colloquialisms, idioms, English as a second language, grammar, syntax, semantics, jargon, argot, archaisms, etiquette, catchphrases, handwriting, misspeaking, word puzzles, disputes, theories, debates, and more.
Browse recent episodes to get an idea, or better yet, just ask the question and see what happens!
Contact the hosts
Martha and Grant are available to answer queries from national and local media and would be happy to talk with you about appearing as a guest on your program or speaking at your organization’s next event anywhere in North America. Listener communication is best made using one of the methods above. Visit our speaking events page for booking information and details or call (619) 567-9673.
All matters related to back-office business, sponsorships, donations, vendors, books, public relations, events, speaking engagements, or anything else should be directed to the email address email@example.com or call the business phone (not for language questions; use the toll-free number): (619) 567-9673.