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Barbecue Stoppers and Marmalade Droppers

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a galaxy far, far away, you know that this is an election year. Grant and Martha talk about current political slang. Ever hear of glass pockets? Or horseracism? Is there an etymological connection between...

Paper to Pixels, Pages to Screens

You’ve just read a terrific paperback novel. Would you feel any differently about it if you’d the same words on the glowing screen of an electronic book? Martha and Grant discuss the social and psychological implications of books that...

Celebrate National Grammar Day

Do you know where your participle is dangling? Martha and Grant salute National Grammar Day. Also, when you’re scribbling on a piece of paper, do you find yourself expecting spellcheck to kick in and underline your misspellings with squiggly...

taco neck

taco neck  n.— «On a Tuesday afternoon in March, I woke up with what I call “taco neck.” The muscles on one side of my neck had locked, and my head leaned to the other side, as if I was about to take a bite from a taco...

spit sock

spit sock  n.— «A 26-year-old Castle Rock man who was arrested on suspicion of DUI March 13 had to be restrained with a spit sock and ankle bracelets after he became irate with an officer while being arrested.…He also spat on the...

A Valentine to Typewriters

Welcome to another newsletter from A Way with Words, public radio's lively language show! Next week's show will be brand new, but this past weekend's show was a juicy repeat in which we talked about the demise of the typewriter, surfing...

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