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.
Take Tea for the Fever - 22 October 2018
Oct 22 • 51 min
The sound of a Betsy bug.
Sun Dog - 15 October 2018
Oct 15 • 51 min
Somersault vs. winter pepper.
Oh For Cute - 8 October 2018
Oct 8 • 51 min
Behind the color names we give to horses.
Coinkydink - 1 October 2018
Oct 1 • 51 min
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Sweet Dreams (Rebroadcast) - 24 September 2018
Sep 24 • 51 min
Sleep in the arms of Morpheus.
Gangbusters (Rebroadcast) - 17 September 2018
Sep 17 • 51 min
The whole shebang.
XYZ PDQ (Rebroadcast) - 10 September 2018
Sep 10 • 51 min
Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Hang a Ralph (Rebroadcast) - 3 September 2018
Sep 3 • 51 min
Coming down the pike.
You Bet Your Boots (Rebroadcast) - 27 August 2018
Aug 27 • 51 min
The worm has turned.
Pink Slip (Rebroadcast) - 20 August 2018
Aug 20 • 51 min
Make a branch.
Criss Cross Applesauce (Rebroadcast) - 13 August 2018
Aug 13 • 51 min
How do languages change and grow?
Whistle Pig (Rebroadcast) - 6 August 2018
Aug 6 • 51 min
An old English drinking-house song.
Up Your Alley - 30 July 2018
Jul 30 • 51 min
Don’t worry, I’ll birdie it.
Piping Hot - 23 July 2018
Jul 23 • 51 min
Fireflies have lots of different names.
Copacetic (Rebroadcast) - 16 July 2018
Jul 16 • 51 min
The etiquette of phone conversations.
Mustard on It (Rebroadcast) - 9 July 2018
Jul 9 • 51 min
Tweaked movie titles.
Proof in the Pudding (Rebroadcast) - 2 July 2018
Jul 2 • 51 min
Yes, ma’am.
We have an attitude — 27 June 2018
Jun 27 • 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 • 52 min
I’m just saying.
Spicy Jambalaya - 18 June 2018
Jun 18 • 51 min
Fuggedaboudit!
A request from Martha — 13 June 2018
Jun 13 • 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 • 51 min
Beloved children have many names.
Busted Melon (Rebroadcast) - 4 June 2018
Jun 4 • 52 min
Funny school mascots.
Truth and Beauty - 28 May 2018
May 28 • 51 min
The apple of my eye.
Jump Steady (Rebroadcast) - 21 May 2018
May 21 • 51 min
The most expensive telegram ever sent.
Dessert Stomach - 14 May 2018
May 14 • 51 min
All served up with a helping of caster sugar.
Scat Cat (Rebroadcast) - 7 May 2018
May 7 • 51 min
The French horn isn’t actually French.
Far Out, Man - 30 April 2018
Apr 30 • 51 min
Rhyming phrases.
Beat the Band (Rebroadcast) - 23 April 2018
Apr 24 • 51 min
A Godfather-themed word game you can’t refuse.
Brollies and Bumbershoots - 16 April 2018
Apr 16 • 51 min
Strong like bull.
Cool Your Soup - 9 April 2018
Apr 9 • 51 min
Spanish idioms involving food.
Put on the Dog - 2 April 2018
Apr 2 • 51 min
You’re a noisy piece of cheese.
Fighting Artichokes (Rebroadcast) - 26 March 2018
Mar 26 • 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 • 51 min
Mind the grease.
Gee and Haw - 12 March 2018
Mar 12 • 51 min
I think my pig is whistling.
Gung Ho - 5 March 2018
Mar 5 • 51 min
Nice man lettuce.
Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 26 February 2018
Feb 26 • 51 min
The solfege system.
Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 19 February 2018
Feb 19 • 51 min
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Crusticles and Fenderbergs - 12 February 2018
Feb 12 • 51 min
Let’s go do-do.
Bun in the Oven - 5 February 2018
Feb 5 • 51 min
The story behind the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Flying Pickle - 29 January 2018
Jan 29 • 51 min
That smarts!
Happy as Larry - 22 January 2018
Jan 22 • 51 min
Firsthand reports from the language of paragliding.
A Shoo In (Rebroadcast) - 15 January 2018
Jan 15 • 51 min
Writing advice from Mark Twain.
Noon of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 January 2018
Jan 8 • 51 min
Is it a crank call or a prank call?
Naked as a Jaybird - 1 January 2018
Jan 1 • 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…
Brand Spanking New - 18 December 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 51 min
Words of the year.
The Last Straw - 11 December 2017
Dec 11, 2017 • 51 min
Books for word lovers.