Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Goody Two-Shoes (#1543) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

She sells seashells by the seashore. Who is the she in this tongue twister? Some claim it's the young Mary Aning, who went on to become a famous 19th-century British ...
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Cool Your Soup (#1495) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

According to Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, it's important to master the basics of writing, but there comes a time when you have to strike out on your own and teach yourself. ...
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Baby Blues (#1542) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A hundred years ago, suffragists lobbied to win women the right to vote. Linguistically speaking, though, suffrage isn't about "suffering." It's from a Latin word that ...
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Put on the Dog (#1494) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Ever wonder whatever happened to responding to "Thank you" with the words "You're welcome"? A listener asks why so many radio interviews end with the interviewee thanking the ...
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Walkie Talkie (#1541) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

One of the most powerful words you'll ever hear -- and one of the most poignant -- isn't in dictionaries yet. But it probably will be one day. The word is endling, and it ...
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Tiger Tail (#1540) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

You may have a favorite word in English, but what about your favorite in another language? The Spanish term ojala is especially handy for expressing hopefulness and derives ...
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Gee and Haw (#1493) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The highly specialized vocabulary of people who work outdoors, like farmers and fishermen, can bring us closer to the natural world. Also, a woman who trains sled dogs ...
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Crusticles and Fenderbergs (#1491) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A second-generation Filipino-American finds that when he speaks English, his personality is firm, direct, and matter-of-fact. But when he speaks with family members in ...
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Clever Clogs (#1539) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Ribbon fall. Gallery forest. You won't find terms like these in most dictionaries, but they and hundreds like them are discussed by famous writers in the book Home Ground: A ...
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Little Shavers (#1538) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on A Way with Words: Insider knowledge and expert advice. The word "hipster" might seem recent, but it actually originated in the 1930s, and referred to jazz ...