A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over

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A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co- hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to words@waywordradio.org. Or call with your questions toll-free any time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. From anywhere in the world: +1 (619) 800-4443. Hear all past shows for free: http://waywordradio.org/. Also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wayword.

In 1803, a shy British pharmacist wrote a pamphlet that made him a reluctant celebrity. The reason? He proposed a revolutionary new system for classifying clouds--with Latin names we still use today, like cumulus, cirrus, and stratus. Also: when reading aloud to children, what's the best way to present a dialect that's different from your own? Finally, recycling our trash demands close attention. Professionals in the recycling business say it's important to be sure that an item is truly recyclable. If you're only guessing when you toss it in the blue bin, then you're engaging in wishcycling -- and that ...

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The sound of a Betsy bug.
Somersault vs. winter pepper.
Behind the color names we give to horses.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Sleep in the arms of Morpheus.
The whole shebang.
Can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Coming down the pike.
The worm has turned.
Make a branch.
How do languages change and grow?
An old English drinking-house song.
Don't worry, I'll birdie it.
Fireflies have lots of different names.
The etiquette of phone conversations.
Tweaked movie titles.
Tweaked movie titles.