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Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Hell's Half Acre (#1468) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Hundreds of years ago, the word girl didn't necessarily mean a female child. In the 14th and 15th centuries, the term "girl" could refer to a child of either sex. Only later ...
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Steamed Bun (#1467) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on "A Way with Words”: The language we use to cover up our age, and covering up a secret message. Do you ever find yourself less-than-specific about your age? ...
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Charismatic Megafauna (#1466) (01:47:30)
From: A Way with Words

Choosing language that helps resolve interpersonal conflict. Sometimes a question is really just a veiled form of criticism. Understanding the difference between "ask ...
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Knuckle Down (#1465) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A wingnut is a handy, stabilizing piece of hardware. So why is it a pejorative term for those of a certain political persuasion? Also, is there something wrong with the ...
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What Kids Know and Want to Find Out (#1482, 2017 Fall Pledge Show) (29:45)
From: A Way with Words

Our youngest listeners have questions about everything from love to one of their favorite foods. Kids ask why we might end a text with the letters xoxo, what the word ...
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Lie Like a Rug (#1464) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The words we choose can change attitudes--and change lives. A swing-dance instructor has switched to gender-neutral language when teaching couples. He insists that using ...
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Pig Latin (#1463) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on "A Way with Words": Grant and Martha discuss the L-word--or two L-words, actually: liberal and libertarian. They reflect different political philosophies, so why ...
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Whistle in the Dark (#1461) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Echoes of the Greatest Generation, and a tasty bite of history. The language and melodies of military marching songs can connect grown children with their parents who served. ...
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Chocolate Gravy (#1460) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Say you have an acquaintance you always see at the dog park or the playground. But one night, you run into them at the movies, and for a moment, it's confusing. Is there a ...
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Fickle Finger of Fate (#1459) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Clean cursing for modern times, more about communicating after a brain injury, and 1970's TV lingo with roots in the Second World War. A young woman wants a family-friendly ...