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 fun show about language seen through culture, history, and family.


Cootie Shot (Rebroadcast) - 6 July 2020
Jul 6 • 51 min
A guitar as an ax.
Navel Gazing - 29 June 2020
Jun 29 • 51 min
Small as the little end of nothing.
Ding Ding Man (Rebroadcast) - 22 June 2020
Jun 22 • 51 min
A revolutionary new system for classifying clouds.
Take Tea for the Fever (Rebroadcast) - 15 June 2020
Jun 15 • 51 min
The whirring sound of a Betsy bug.
Yak Shaving - 8 June 2020
Jun 8 • 51 min
An unpredictable person is a loose cannon.
Sun Dog (Rebroadcast) - 1 June 2020
Jun 1 • 51 min
A somersault vs. a winter pepper.
Oh For Cute (Rebroadcast) - 25 May 2020
May 25 • 51 min
Learn something new.
Coinkydink (Rebroadcast) - 18 May 2020
May 18 • 51 min
The correct way to say Nevada.
Up Your Alley (Rebroadcast) - 11 May 2020
May 11 • 51 min
Neat but not gaudy.
Piping Hot (Rebroadcast) - 4 May 2020
May 4 • 51 min
The game of baseball has always inspired colorful commentary. Sometimes that means using familiar words in unfamiliar ways. The word “stuff,” for example, can refer to a pitcher’s repertoire, or to the spin on a ball, or what happens to the ball after…
Mimeographs and Dittos (Rebroadcast) - 27 April 2020
Apr 27 • 51 min
How colors got their names.
Cabin Fever - 20 April 2020
Apr 20 • 51 min
The aggressive piglet.
Chopped Liver (Rebroadcast) - 13 April 2020
Apr 13 • 51 min
Governor Moonbeam.
Singing Sand - 6 April 2020
Apr 5 • 51 min
Happy as a boardinghouse pup.
Truth and Beauty (Rebroadcast)
Mar 30 • 51 min
The surprising language of physicists.
Baby’s Breath - 23 March 2020
Mar 23 • 51 min
A bag of jo jos.
Dessert Stomach - 16 March 2020
Mar 16 • 51 min
Bozo buttons.
Hog on Ice - 9 March 2020
Mar 9 • 51 min
Thick as inkle-weavers.
Brollies and Bumbershoots (Rebroadcast) - 2 March 2020
Mar 2 • 51 min
Strong like bull.
Goody Two-Shoes - 24 February 2020
Feb 24 • 51 min
She sells seashells by the seashore.
Cool Your Soup (Rebroadcast) - 17 February 2020
Feb 17 • 51 min
Flip the tortilla.
Baby Blues - 10 February 2020
Feb 10 • 51 min
Just who is Jody, anyway?
Put on the Dog (Rebroadcast) - 3 February 2020
Feb 3 • 51 min
The City of Brotherly Love.
Walkie Talkie - 27 January 2020
Jan 27 • 52 min
The last surviving member of a species.
Tiger Tail - 20 January 2020
Jan 20 • 52 min
Invite them to go liming.
Gee and Haw (Rebroadcast) - 13 January 2020
Jan 13 • 52 min
I think my pig is whistling.
Gung Ho (Rebroadcast) - 6 January 2020
Jan 6 • 52 min
Man lettuce.
Crusticles and Fenderbergs (Rebroadcast) - 30 December 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 52 min
Go do-do.
Clever Clogs - 23 December 2019
Dec 23, 2019 • 52 min
How and why the Southern drawl developed.
Son of a gun! - a special minicast from Grant
Dec 19, 2019 • 6 min
Grant shoots holes in a story that just won’t die.
Little Shavers - 16 December 2019
Dec 16, 2019 • 53 min
21st-century English.
Electrifying! - a special minicast from Martha
Dec 12, 2019 • 4 min
I want to tell you an electrifying story — and make a request.
Bug in Your Ear - 9 December 2019
Dec 9, 2019 • 52 min
Spend time in the Panda room.
Bun in the Oven (Rebroadcast) - 1 December 2019
Dec 2, 2019 • 52 min
Scrambled eggs and … oikenstrippen?
The Black Dog - 25 November 2019
Nov 25, 2019 • 51 min
You may want horns, but you’ll die bull-headed.
Flying Pickle (Rebroadcast) - 18 November 2019
Nov 18, 2019 • 51 min
A lazy wind.
The Last Straw (Rebroadcast) - 11 November 2019
Nov 11, 2019 • 51 min
Geronimo!
Beside Myself - 4 November 2019
Nov 4, 2019 • 51 min
MOO COW.
Hidden Treasures (Rebroadcast) - 28 October 2019
Oct 28, 2019 • 51 min
The opposite of prejudice.
Skookum - 21 October 2019
Oct 21, 2019 • 51 min
Linguistic false friends.
Butterflies in the Stomach (Rebroadcast) - 14 October 2019
Oct 14, 2019 • 51 min
How to pronounce potable.
Life of Riley - 7 October 2019
Oct 7, 2019 • 51 min
Don’t get into any jackpots.
Catch You on the Flip Side (Rebroadcast) - 30 September 2019
Sep 30, 2019 • 51 min
Another country heard from.
Off the Turnip Truck - 23 September 2019
Sep 23, 2019 • 51 min
Charlie’s dead.
Loaded For Bear - 16 September 2019
Sep 16, 2019 • 51 min
Just a shlook.
All Verklempt (Rebroadcast) - 9 September 2019
Sep 9, 2019 • 51 min
We’re drawn to the letters in our name.
Hunk Waffle (Rebroadcast) - 2 September 2019
Sep 3, 2019 • 51 min
Grab the brass ring.
Pants On Fire (Rebroadcast) - 26 August 2019
Aug 26, 2019 • 51 min
The epic history behind a familiar vegetable.
Frozen Rope (Rebroadcast) - 19 August 2019
Aug 19, 2019 • 51 min
High cheese.
Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 12 August 2019
Aug 12, 2019 • 51 min
Nothing new under the sun.
Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 5 August 2019
Aug 5, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 51 min
Tap ‘er light.
A Shoo-In (Rebroadcast) - 22 July 2019
Jul 22, 2019 • 51 min
Does a duck swim?
At First Blush - 15 July 2019
Jul 15, 2019 • 51 min
The art of apology.
Noon Of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 July 2019
Jul 8, 2019 • 51 min
Pranks, cranks, and chips.
Gift Horse - 1 July 2019
Jul 1, 2019 • 51 min
Thin places.
Naked as a Jaybird (Rebroadcast) - 24 June 2019
Jun 24, 2019 • 51 min
Book recommendations for youngsters.
Had the Radish - 17 June 2019
Jun 17, 2019 • 51 min
Sunday drivers.
Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (Rebroadcast) - 10 June 2019
Jun 10, 2019 • 51 min
Very different types of wind.
Abso-Bloomin-Lutely - 3 June 2019
Jun 3, 2019 • 51 min
Standing on my own two pins.
Skedaddle (Rebroadcast) - 27 May 2019
May 27, 2019 • 51 min
Dog days.
Coast is Clear (Rebroadcast) - 20 May 2019
May 20, 2019 • 51 min
Lost the bubble.
Niblings and Nieflings - 13 May 2019
May 13, 2019 • 51 min
The hairy eyeball.
Gone to Seed (Rebroadcast) - 6 May 2019
May 6, 2019 • 51 min
Give me a hand!
Kite in a Phonebooth - 29 April 2019
Apr 29, 2019 • 51 min
Go fry ice!
Hell’s Half Acre (Rebroadcast) - 22 April 2019
Apr 22, 2019 • 51 min
The story behind the real McCoy.
Steamed Bun (Rebroadcast) - 15 April 2019
Apr 15, 2019 • 51 min
I’m 29, plus shipping and handling.
Kids Are Asking - 11 April 2019
Apr 11, 2019 • 26 min
How tartar sauce got its name and more.
Strawberry Moon - 8 April 2019
Apr 8, 2019 • 51 min
By and large.
Charismatic Megafauna (Rebroadcast) - 1 April 2019
Apr 1, 2019 • 51 min
Bless your heart.
Spill the Tea - 25 March 2019
Mar 25, 2019 • 51 min
We don’t fry with water around here!
Knuckle Down (Rebroadcast) - 18 March 2019
Mar 18, 2019 • 51 min
March Madness.
Dirty Laundry - 11 March 2019
Mar 11, 2019 • 51 min
Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
Lie Like A Rug (Rebroadcast) - 4 March 2019
Mar 4, 2019 • 51 min
Slang you might hear in Albuquerque.
Keep Your Powder Dry - 25 February 2019
Feb 25, 2019 • 51 min
Wing it!
One Armed Paper Hanger - 18 February 2019
Feb 18, 2019 • 51 min
Should children be taught cursive writing in school?
Hair on Your Tongue - 11 February 2019
Feb 11, 2019 • 51 min
That’s totally Texas!
Train of Thought - 4 February 2019
Feb 4, 2019 • 51 min
The root of all evil.
Colonial English - 28 January 2019
Jan 28, 2019 • 51 min
The anatomy of effective prose.
Pig Latin (Rebroadcast) - 21 January 2019
Jan 21, 2019 • 52 min
A dad-chelor party!
Whistle in the Dark (Rebroadcast) - 14 January 2019
Jan 14, 2019 • 52 min
Mickey mouse and mickey mousing.
Fickle Finger of Fate (Rebroadcast) - 7 January 2019
Jan 7, 2019 • 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.