Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Good Vibrations (#1556) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Asthenosphere, a geologist's term for the molten layer beneath the earth's crust, sparks a journey that stretches all the way from ancient Greece to the author of Uncle Tom's ...
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Spill the Tea (#1521) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If someone urges you to spill the tea, they probably don't want you tipping over a hot beverage. Originally, the tea here was the letter T, as in truth. To spill the T means ...
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Mystery Drawer (#1555) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Amid court-ordered busing in the 1970s, a middle-school teacher tried to distract her nervous students on the first day of class with this strange assignment: find a monarch ...
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Dirty Laundry (#1520) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

When you had sleepovers as a child, what did you call the makeshift beds you made on the floor? In some places, you call those bedclothes and blankets a pallet. This word ...
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Keep Your Powder Dry (#1519) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Jacuzzi and silhouette are eponyms – that is, they derive from the names of people. An Italian immigrant to California invented the bubbly hot tub called a jacuzzi. And the ...
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One-Armed Paper Hanger (#1518) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The emotional appeal of handwriting and the emotional reveal of animal phrases. Should children be taught cursive writing in school, or is their time better spent studying ...
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Deviled Eggs (#1554) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Some TV commercials launch catchphrases that stick around long after the original ads. The exclamation Good stuff, Maynard! is still a compliment almost 40 years after it was ...
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Hair on Your Tongue (#1517) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you speak both German and Spanish, you may find yourself reaching for a German word instead of a Spanish one, and vice versa. This puzzling experience is so common among ...
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Play It by Ear (#1553) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

How does social context shape our perception of language? When hiking the Appalachian Trail, a young woman from Wyoming found that fellow hikers assumed she was from another ...
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Train of Thought (#1516) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Chances are you recognize the expressions Judgment Day and the root of all evil as phrases from the Bible. There are many others, though, some of which may surprise you: the ...