Martha Barnette

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Recent Pieces from Martha Barnette

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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 ...
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Moon Palace (#1552) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

What happens in a classroom of refugee and immigrant youngsters learning English? Their fresh approach to language can result in remarkable poetry -- some of which is ...
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Space Cadet (#1514) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

We have books that should be on every language lover's wish list, plus a couple of recommendations for history buffs. Plus: how did the word boondoggle come to denote a ...
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Howling Fantods (#1513) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Are there words and phrases that you misunderstood for an embarrassingly long time? Maybe you thought that money laundering literally meant washing drug-laced dollar bills, ...
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Cherry Bombs (#1551) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

An ornithologist says there's a growing movement to change the name of a pink-footed bird currently called the flesh-footed shearwater. The movement reflects a growing ...
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Bottled Sunshine (#1512) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you catch your blue jeans on a nail, you may find yourself with a winklehawk. This term was adapted into English from Dutch, and means "an L-shaped tear in a piece of ...