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The Big Cheese

Is it time to replace the expression “the mentally ill”? Some argue the term unfairly stigmatizes a broad range of people. Also, the winter sport of… skitching, which involves snowy roads, leather shoes — and car bumpers...

Shoes and Socks

Put on your shoes and socks. Born and bred. Lock and load. The reason these phrases are illogically ordered probably stems from the way one forms vowels in the mouth. If you think too hard about these terms, they start to look preposterous, the...

Your Help Needed to Launch the New Season!

Dear friends and fans, A Way with Words starts a new season this weekend and we need your help to raise $50,000 to cover costs. To keep enjoying new episodes of the show, give now.  Surprising Reasons to Help Here’s a surprising fact: A...

Is “Ain’t” Old-Fashioned?

Has ain’t gone out of fashion? Teachers have succeeded in stigmatizing the word, and it’s also not such a common pet peeve any more. But perhaps the biggest reason you don’t hear it as much is because it’s no longer used in...

History of Handwriting

There’s been a lot of talk about the place of handwriting in the digital age. Grant has some great books to recommend on the subject: Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry, and Handwriting in America: A Cultural History by Tamara...

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