Martha Barnette

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  • Username: Martha_Barnette
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Recent Pieces from Martha Barnette

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Sleeve Island (#1637) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Language from inside a monastery. A Benedictine monk in the Episcopal Church shares terms from his world: For example, corporate prayer refers to praying as a group. And did ...
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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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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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Bug in Your Ear (#1537) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Is there something inherent in English that makes it the linguistic equivalent of the Borg, dominating and consuming other languages in its path? No, Not at all. The answer ...
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The Black Dog (#1536) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Books were rare treasures in the Middle Ages, painstakingly copied out by hand. So how to protect them from theft? Scribes sometimes added a curse to the first page of those ...
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Animal Crackers (#1636) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Images of birds flutter inside lots of English words and phrases, from "nest egg" and "pecking order," to proverbs from around the world--including a lovely Spanish saying ...
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Beside Myself (#1535) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The new Downton Abbey movie is a luscious treat for fans of the public-television period piece, but how accurate is the script when it comes to the vocabulary of the early ...
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Skookum (#1534) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

So you've long dreamed of writing fiction, but don't know where to begin? There are lots of ways to get started -- creative writing classes, local writing groups, and books ...
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Electric Soup (#1635) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

When an international team of scientists traveled to a research station in Antarctica for six months, the language they all shared was English. After six months together, ...