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Last-Minute Gifts for Word Lovers

Ho, ho, ho!

In this week's episode, we discuss whether the term "Oriental" is offensive. We also talk about "not one iota," "take a gander," "learning curve," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."


If you caught Grant's sixth annual "Words of the Year" article in Sunday's New York Times, then you know all about "beliebers," "G.T.L.," and "mansplainers." No? It's here:


Need last-minute gifts for the language lovers in your life?

A subscription to Visual Thesaurus offers an online magazine chock-full of interesting articles about language, plus the world's coolest way to find synonyms.


"The Word Project: Odd and Obscure Words -- Illustrated," by Polly M. Law, is a beautiful new book. In fact, we like this book so much we blurbed it.


More about "The Word Project," including offbeat illustrations for obscure words like "brumal," which means "pertaining to winter":


If you're feeling extravagant, you could always book a flight to London for that fabulous new "Evolving English" exhibit at the British Library.

Then again, there's always the exhibit's companion volume:


For post-Christmas shopping, by the way, the exhibit has a great online gift shop.


Finally, consider giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving. Your tax-deductible contribution helps keep "A Way with Words" going strong all year long.

With your support, we'll record more new episodes than ever next year. Invest in your future listening and learning today:


We're honored that you let us into your lives each week, and grateful for what you teach us.

Have a safe and joyous holiday,

Martha and Grant

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