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Markov Chains and Your Phone’s Autosuggested Text

Grant responds to a voicemail from Doug in Louisville, Kentucky, who asks whether our phone’s autocomplete function will affect the way we talk and write. The answer is yes, partly because of Markov chains, or models describing a sequence of...

Funny Laboratory Sign

A listener leaves us a voicemail about a sign his high school science teacher posted in the classroom to encourage students to keep the noise down. It read “Laboratory — more of the first 5, less of the last 7.” As in more of the first...

New Rhyming Names for Everything

On Twitter @flaminghaystack asks: What if the person who named walkie talkies named everything? For starters, we might refer to a defibrillator as a hearty starty and stamps as licky stickies. This is part of a complete episode.

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...

Nomophobia

How would you feel if someone took away your smartphone? Nomophobia, the suggested moniker for that anxiety produced by the separation between one and one’s phone, was cooked up by a market research firm. Is there a better term for that awful...

Sign Language for “Telephone”

If you had to say the word telephone in sign language, you’d probably do the thumb and pinky to the head. In the past, though, it was one fist to the ear, one fist to the mouth — just like the old fashioned candlestick phone! The current sign...