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Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Your language questions: https://waywordradio.org/contact or words@waywordradio.org. Call toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at 1 (877) 929-9673. From elsewhere in the world: +1 619 800 4443. All past shows ar ...
 
Ian Strong is a musician, former professional wrestler, world traveler, amateur stand-up comedian, and huge Atlanta Braves fan. Hear the amazing stories that he and the people he met along the way have to share from their entertaining careers, shows, and more including music that Ian personally records every instrument for every episode! Look for new, feature episodes every other Monday and catch a bonus episode every month where Ian tells you the story of a trip that he commemorated by buyi ...
 
On the Words Work At Microsoft Podcast, we’ll be chatting about how Microsoft culture has evolved, starting with the way we talk. In each episode we’ll interview someone within the Microsoft writing community, giving you an inside look at how we approach our work. And, hopefully, offering up a heavy dose of trips and tricks along the way. www.wordsworkpodcast.com
 
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Don't move my cheese! It's a phrase middle managers use to talk about adapting to change in the workplace. It comes from a popular 1990s business book featuring a fable about mice and tiny humans inside a maze and how they respond when their chewy food source is relocated. Plus, the origin story of the name William, and why it's I in Spanish. And a…
 
In this month's volume of "Shot Glass Diaries," Ian recalls the weekend he spent with his then girlfriend, Abby at Penn State University where she was going to school back in 2006. During this weekend trip, they toured the campus of one of the oldest schools in the country, sampled some of the treats and nightlife that the town has to offer, and to…
 
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 from Arabic for "God willing." In Trinidad, if you want to ask friends to hang out with you, invite them to go liming. Nobody's sure about this word's origin, although it may in…
 
The very popular "Ranking Roundtable" segment returns to the show as Ian and a group of panelists and contributors rank and discuss a collection in entertainment; this time focusing on the ten studio albums released by Metallica. Ian welcomes frequent contributors "Captain Awesome" Dan Freet, "Daunting" Dave Sharpe, Professor Paul Miller as well as…
 
If you speak a second or third language, you may remember the first time you dreamed in that new tongue. But does this milestone mean you're actually fluent? And a couple's dispute over the word regret: Say you wish you'd been able to meet Albert Einstein. Can you regret that the two of you never met, or is there a better word for a situation over …
 
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 Guide to the American Landscape. The book is an intriguing collection of specialized vocabulary that invites us to look more closely at the natural world -- and delight in its …
 
In this episode, Ian chats with singer/songwriter and guitar player Tyler Ransom about the documentary "In The Shed," for which his life so far is the focus. Among the topics they discuss are his musical influences, writing, composing, and collaborating, the book he co-authored when he was 16, earning a blue belt in Brazillian Ju-Jitsu and getting …
 
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 language of yoga teachers: When doing a guided meditation, you may hear your instructor speaking in a kind of continuous present, with phrases like Sitting comfortably and Brea…
 
In this monthly edition of "Shot Glass Diaries," Ian recalls the first leg of the final road trip that he took with his late wife, Amy, in 2016. While going to St. Louis to catch the Atlanta Braves play the Cardinals in Busch Stadium, they also got to experience a bird's eye view of the city by going to the top of the famous Gateway Arch, sample so…
 
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 music. Speaking of music, a professional musician reports that it's sometimes hard for him to relax and enjoy the performance of others because he's tempted overanalyze it. Do langua…
 
In this fun and uncensored (for the first time on Strong Words) conversation, Ian talks with WWE Hall of Famer, 3-time World Champion, and founder/CEO of DDPY: "Diamond" Dallas Page. After sharing a story of the time they met in 2017, Ian and Dallas talk about health (both mental and physical), grieving, and more including stories from his AWA and …
 
Understanding the varieties of conversational styles can mean the difference between feeling you're understood and being insulted. "High involvement" speakers interrupt or talk along with someone else to signal their enthusiasm, while "high considerateness" speakers tend more toward thoughtful pauses and polite turn-taking. Adjusting your speaking …
 
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 lies with politics and conquest rather than language itself. Plus: a brand-new baby may be lovingly placed in a giraffe and spend time in the Panda room, but where is that? That…
 
Ian sits down with comedian, podcaster, and podcast producer Pat George, whom you may remember as being a panelist on the View Askewniverse edition of "Ranking Roundtable" back in December. In this conversation, Ian asks Pat about growing up in Florida before moving to Pennsylvania and why, getting into standup comedy, who his influences are, and w…
 
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 actually anadromes. There's the girl named Noel in honor of her father Leon, and the woman named Edna who adopted the name Ande. Speaking of names, know anybody whose occupati…
 
In this monthly edition of "Shot Glass Diaries," Ian concludes his story of the Netherlands facet of his European vacation in 2018 with his friend Lydia by picking up right where he left off last month. After leaving the B&B in Northern Holland, Lydia and Ian spent the rest of their time in the Netherlands at The Toren, a 5-star hotel in downtown A…
 
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 books that was supposed to keep thieves away -- and some were as vicious as they were creative! Also: if you spot a typo in a published book, should you contact the publisher? …
 
In a new segment being introduced to the show in an effort to eliminate the negative stigmas centered around the word "immigrant," Ian sits down with a friend of his from Bavaria, Germany, Ülli Wohlfahrt, who is currently living in America because of a work visa.. In this conversation, Ian learns what Ülli does for a living, why Americans don't cal…
 
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 science, history, and linguistics involved in human speech. And although you might associate the term paraphernalia with drug use, the word goes all the way back to ancient Gre…
 
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 20th century? It may be jarring to hear the word swag, but it was already at least 100 years old. And no, it's not an acronym. Also, a historian of science sets out to write a bo…
 
With the 2021 Major League Baseball season kicking off this Thursday, Ian brings back his friend, Mark Shuey, the former sports broadcaster for WINK-104, WITF-TV, and PCN to catch up on all the biggest news from baseball's offseason. From managerial changes, free agent signings, contract extensions, rule changes, to the Hall of Fame announcement of…
 
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 "sendy" is a really great thing. Plus: a nostalgic trip to Willa Cather's' Nebraska home inspires a reading from one of her classic books about life on the American prairie. And…
 
In this monthly edition of "Shot Glass Diaries" too big to be told in one volume, Ian tells the story of the first part of his 2018 European vacation with his friend, Lydia, to The Netherlands. While they began their trip staying at a bed and breakfast twenty minutes from downtown Amsterdam taking in the windmills and other sights, sounds, and tast…
 
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 with prompts to get you going. The key is to get started, and then stick with it. And: which part of the body do surgeons call "the goose"? Hint: you don't want a bite of chicke…
 
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