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

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 [email protected] 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.


Skookum - 21 October 2019
Oct 21 • 51 min
Linguistic false friends.
Butterflies in the Stomach (Rebroadcast) - 14 October 2019
Oct 14 • 51 min
How to pronounce potable.
Life of Riley - 7 October 2019
Oct 7 • 51 min
Don’t get into any jackpots.
Catch You on the Flip Side (Rebroadcast) - 30 September 2019
Sep 30 • 51 min
Another country heard from.
Off the Turnip Truck - 23 September 2019
Sep 23 • 51 min
Charlie’s dead.
Loaded For Bear - 16 September 2019
Sep 16 • 51 min
Just a shlook.
All Verklempt (Rebroadcast) - 9 September 2019
Sep 9 • 51 min
We’re drawn to the letters in our name.
Hunk Waffle (Rebroadcast) - 2 September 2019
Sep 3 • 51 min
Grab the brass ring.
Pants On Fire (Rebroadcast) - 26 August 2019
Aug 26 • 51 min
The epic history behind a familiar vegetable.
Frozen Rope (Rebroadcast) - 19 August 2019
Aug 19 • 51 min
High cheese.
Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 12 August 2019
Aug 12 • 51 min
Nothing new under the sun.
Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 5 August 2019
Aug 5 • 51 min
The only time you’ll ever see the sun’s outer atmosphere is during a full solar eclipse, when sun itself is completely covered. That hazy ring is called the corona, from the Latin word for “crown” — just like the little crown on a bottle of Corona…
Mrs. Astor’s Horse - 29 July 2019
Jul 29 • 51 min
Tap ‘er light.
A Shoo-In (Rebroadcast) - 22 July 2019
Jul 22 • 51 min
Does a duck swim?
At First Blush - 15 July 2019
Jul 15 • 51 min
The art of apology.
Noon Of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 July 2019
Jul 8 • 51 min
Pranks, cranks, and chips.
Gift Horse - 1 July 2019
Jul 1 • 51 min
Thin places.
Naked as a Jaybird (Rebroadcast) - 24 June 2019
Jun 24 • 51 min
Book recommendations for youngsters.
Had the Radish - 17 June 2019
Jun 17 • 51 min
Sunday drivers.
Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (Rebroadcast) - 10 June 2019
Jun 10 • 51 min
Very different types of wind.
Abso-Bloomin-Lutely - 3 June 2019
Jun 3 • 51 min
Standing on my own two pins.
Skedaddle (Rebroadcast) - 27 May 2019
May 27 • 51 min
Dog days.
Coast is Clear (Rebroadcast) - 20 May 2019
May 20 • 51 min
Lost the bubble.
Niblings and Nieflings - 13 May 2019
May 13 • 51 min
The hairy eyeball.
Gone to Seed (Rebroadcast) - 6 May 2019
May 6 • 51 min
Give me a hand!
Kite in a Phonebooth - 29 April 2019
Apr 29 • 51 min
Go fry ice!
Hell’s Half Acre (Rebroadcast) - 22 April 2019
Apr 22 • 51 min
The story behind the real McCoy.
Steamed Bun (Rebroadcast) - 15 April 2019
Apr 15 • 51 min
I’m 29, plus shipping and handling.
Kids Are Asking - 11 April 2019
Apr 11 • 26 min
How tartar sauce got its name and more.
Strawberry Moon - 8 April 2019
Apr 8 • 51 min
By and large.
Charismatic Megafauna (Rebroadcast) - 1 April 2019
Apr 1 • 51 min
Bless your heart.
Spill the Tea - 25 March 2019
Mar 25 • 51 min
We don’t fry with water around here!
Knuckle Down (Rebroadcast) - 18 March 2019
Mar 18 • 51 min
March Madness.
Dirty Laundry - 11 March 2019
Mar 11 • 51 min
Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
Lie Like A Rug (Rebroadcast) - 4 March 2019
Mar 4 • 51 min
Slang you might hear in Albuquerque.
Keep Your Powder Dry - 25 February 2019
Feb 25 • 51 min
Wing it!
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.
Fighting Artichokes (Rebroadcast) - 26 March 2018
Mar 26, 2018 • 51 min
What’s in a mascot name? Maybe you’re a fan of the Banana Slugs, or you cheer for the Winged Beavers. Perhaps your loyalty lies with the Fighting Artichokes. There are some strange names for sports team out there. But what’s even stranger is the origin of…
Burn Bag (Rebroadcast) - 19 March 2018
Mar 19, 2018 • 51 min
Mind the grease.
Gee and Haw - 12 March 2018
Mar 12, 2018 • 51 min
I think my pig is whistling.
Gung Ho - 5 March 2018
Mar 5, 2018 • 51 min
Nice man lettuce.
Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 26 February 2018
Feb 26, 2018 • 51 min
The solfege system.
Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 19 February 2018
Feb 19, 2018 • 51 min
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Crusticles and Fenderbergs - 12 February 2018
Feb 12, 2018 • 51 min
Let’s go do-do.
Bun in the Oven - 5 February 2018
Feb 5, 2018 • 51 min
The story behind the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Flying Pickle - 29 January 2018
Jan 29, 2018 • 51 min
That smarts!
Happy as Larry - 22 January 2018
Jan 22, 2018 • 51 min
Firsthand reports from the language of paragliding.
A Shoo In (Rebroadcast) - 15 January 2018
Jan 15, 2018 • 51 min
Writing advice from Mark Twain.
Noon of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 January 2018
Jan 8, 2018 • 51 min
Is it a crank call or a prank call?
Naked as a Jaybird - 1 January 2018
Jan 1, 2018 • 51 min
Book recommendations for youngsters.
Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (Rebroadcast) - 25 December 2017
Dec 25, 2017 • 52 min
Very different types of wind.
There’s more of everything!
Dec 21, 2017 • 1 min
We’ve got a curious problem here at A Way with Words. Over the last decade, we’ve grown the show from just 12 stations in four states to more than 300 signals in 37 states. What that means is that our success is outpacing our resources! We have more…