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

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

www.waywordradio.org
Public radio’s lively language call-in show! Talk about favorite expressions, odd turns of phrase, old and new words, word origins, grammar disputes, style questions, word puzzles and quizzes—anything language-related.
One Armed Paper Hanger - 18 February 2019
Feb 18 • 51 min
Should children be taught cursive writing in school?
Hair on Your Tongue - 11 February 2019
Feb 11 • 51 min
That’s totally Texas!
Train of Thought - 4 February 2019
Feb 4 • 51 min
The root of all evil.
Colonial English - 28 January 2019
Jan 28 • 51 min
The anatomy of effective prose.
Pig Latin (Rebroadcast) - 21 January 2019
Jan 21 • 52 min
A dad-chelor party!
Whistle in the Dark (Rebroadcast) - 14 January 2019
Jan 14 • 52 min
Mickey mouse and mickey mousing.
Fickle Finger of Fate (Rebroadcast) - 7 January 2019
Jan 7 • 52 min
Clean cursing for modern times.
Stars and Garters (Rebroadcast) - 31 December 2018
Dec 31, 2018 • 52 min
Flummox, butterfingers, and the creeps.
Space Cadet - 24 December 2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 52 min
Search it up!
Howling Fantods - 17 December 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 52 min
Funny confessions.
Cootie Shot - 10 December 2018
Dec 10, 2018 • 51 min
Perfect sentences and slang that tickles your mind.
Boss of Me (Rebroadcast) - 3 December 2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 52 min
Keeping up with the Joneses.
Spur of the Moment (Rebroadcast) - 26 November 2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 51 min
How much language do birds really understand?
Bottled Sunshine - 19 November 2018
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
You may find yourself with a winklehawk.
Care Package - 12 November 2018
Nov 12, 2018 • 51 min
Almost bought the ranch.
Hell for Leather (Rebroadcast) - 5 November 2018
Nov 5, 2018 • 51 min
Surprising stories behind some familiar car brands.
Ding Ding Man - 29 October 2018
Oct 29, 2018 • 51 min
A revolutionary new system for classifying clouds.
Take Tea for the Fever - 22 October 2018
Oct 22, 2018 • 51 min
The sound of a Betsy bug.
Sun Dog - 15 October 2018
Oct 15, 2018 • 51 min
Somersault vs. winter pepper.
Oh For Cute - 8 October 2018
Oct 8, 2018 • 51 min
Behind the color names we give to horses.
Coinkydink - 1 October 2018
Oct 1, 2018 • 51 min
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Sweet Dreams (Rebroadcast) - 24 September 2018
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
Sleep in the arms of Morpheus.
Gangbusters (Rebroadcast) - 17 September 2018
Sep 17, 2018 • 51 min
The whole shebang.
XYZ PDQ (Rebroadcast) - 10 September 2018
Sep 10, 2018 • 51 min
Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Hang a Ralph (Rebroadcast) - 3 September 2018
Sep 3, 2018 • 51 min
Coming down the pike.
You Bet Your Boots (Rebroadcast) - 27 August 2018
Aug 27, 2018 • 51 min
The worm has turned.
Pink Slip (Rebroadcast) - 20 August 2018
Aug 20, 2018 • 51 min
Make a branch.
Criss Cross Applesauce (Rebroadcast) - 13 August 2018
Aug 13, 2018 • 51 min
How do languages change and grow?
Whistle Pig (Rebroadcast) - 6 August 2018
Aug 6, 2018 • 51 min
An old English drinking-house song.
Up Your Alley - 30 July 2018
Jul 30, 2018 • 51 min
Don’t worry, I’ll birdie it.
Piping Hot - 23 July 2018
Jul 23, 2018 • 51 min
Fireflies have lots of different names.
Copacetic (Rebroadcast) - 16 July 2018
Jul 16, 2018 • 51 min
The etiquette of phone conversations.
Mustard on It (Rebroadcast) - 9 July 2018
Jul 9, 2018 • 51 min
Tweaked movie titles.
Proof in the Pudding (Rebroadcast) - 2 July 2018
Jul 2, 2018 • 51 min
Yes, ma’am.
We have an attitude — 27 June 2018
Jun 27, 2018 • 1 min
It’s a positive attitude. It’s who we really are. Go to https://waywordradio.org/mission .
Mimeographs and Dittos - 25 June 2018
Jun 25, 2018 • 52 min
I’m just saying.
Spicy Jambalaya - 18 June 2018
Jun 18, 2018 • 51 min
Fuggedaboudit!
A request from Martha — 13 June 2018
Jun 13, 2018 • 1 min
Have you ever wanted to know who we really are? How Grant and I really see ourselves? Go to https://waywordradio.org/mission .
Chopped Liver — 11 June 2018
Jun 11, 2018 • 51 min
Beloved children have many names.
Busted Melon (Rebroadcast) - 4 June 2018
Jun 4, 2018 • 52 min
Funny school mascots.
Truth and Beauty - 28 May 2018
May 28, 2018 • 51 min
The apple of my eye.
Jump Steady (Rebroadcast) - 21 May 2018
May 21, 2018 • 51 min
The most expensive telegram ever sent.
Dessert Stomach - 14 May 2018
May 14, 2018 • 51 min
All served up with a helping of caster sugar.
Scat Cat (Rebroadcast) - 7 May 2018
May 7, 2018 • 51 min
The French horn isn’t actually French.
Far Out, Man - 30 April 2018
Apr 30, 2018 • 51 min
Rhyming phrases.
Beat the Band (Rebroadcast) - 23 April 2018
Apr 24, 2018 • 51 min
A Godfather-themed word game you can’t refuse.
Brollies and Bumbershoots - 16 April 2018
Apr 16, 2018 • 51 min
Strong like bull.
Cool Your Soup - 9 April 2018
Apr 9, 2018 • 51 min
Spanish idioms involving food.
Put on the Dog - 2 April 2018
Apr 2, 2018 • 51 min
You’re a noisy piece of cheese.