Martha Barnette

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  • Username: Martha_Barnette
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Recent Pieces from Martha Barnette

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Love Bites (#1569) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The word filibuster has a long and colorful history, going back to the days when pirates roamed the high seas. Today it refers to hijacking a piece of legislation. Plus, the ...
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Little Shavers (#1538) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The word "hipster" might seem recent, but it actually originated in the 1930s, and referred to jazz aficionados who were in the know about the best nightclubs and cool ...
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Lasagna Hog (#1568) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Understanding the varieties of conversational styles can mean the difference between feeling you're understood and being insulted. "High involvement" speakers interrupt or ...
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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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Kiss the Cow (#1567) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

An anadrome is a word that forms a whole new word when you spell it backwards. For example, the word "stressed" spelled backwards is "desserts." Some people's first names are ...
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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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No Cap, No Lie (#1566) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

We take our voices for granted, but it's truly miraculous that we communicate complex thoughts simply by moving our mouths while exhaling. A fascinating new book reveals the ...
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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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Lead on, Macduff! (#1565) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

For rock climbers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, the word "send" has a whole new meaning. You might cheer on a fellow snowboarder with "Send it, bro!" -- and being ...
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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 ...