What would you serve a plumber who comes over for dinner? How about … leeks? The hosts play a word game called “What Would You Serve?” Also, can you correct someone’s grammar without ruining a new relationship? And is there an easy way to remember the difference between who and whom? This episode first aired January 15, 2011.
A Little Rock, Arkansas, caller has been going out with a Chinese woman. Her English is pretty good, but he wonders about the most polite way to correct a minor grammar mistake without ruining a new relationship.
Martha shares some collective nouns sent in by listeners in response to a recent episode on the topic.
Grant shares some familiar proverbs that supposedly arose from African-American English. The book he mentions is Dictionary of American Proverbs by Wolfgang Mieder.
Photo by Robert Couse-Baker. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Books Mentioned in the Episode
Music Used in the Episode
|Word Up!||Cameo||Word Up!||MCA|
|Where Are We Going?||Donald Byrd||Black Byrd||Blue Note|
|If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It||Ramsey Lewis||Another Voyage||Cadet|
|Letha||Charles Earland||Black Drops||Prestige Records, Inc|
|People Say||The Meters||Rejuvenation||Sundazed|
|Lansana’s Priestess||Donald Byrd||Street Lady||Blue Note|
|My Cherie Amour||Ramsey Lewis||Another Voyage||Cadet|
|Chicken Lickin’||Funk Inc||Chicken Lickin’||Prestige Records, Inc|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Harry Connick Jr.||When Harry Met Sally: Music From The Motion Picture||Sony|