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Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Hidden Treasures (#1485) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Civil War letters and the opposite of prejudice. A new online archive of Civil War letters offers a vivid portrait of the everyday lives of enlisted men. These soldiers ...
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Butterflies in the Stomach (#1484) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you're not using a dictionary to look up puzzling words as you read them, you're missing out on a whole other level of enjoyment. Also, when you're cleaning house, why not ...
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Catch You on the Flip Side (1483) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Some countries have strict laws about naming babies. New Zealand authorities, for example, denied a request to name some twins Fish and Chips.  Plus, Halley's Comet seen ...
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All Verklempt (#1481) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Of all the letters in the alphabet, which two or three are your favorites? If your short list includes one or more of your initials, that's no accident. Psychological ...
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Hunk Waffle (#1480) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Decisions by dictionary editors, wacky wordplay, and Walt Whitman's soaring verse.  How do lexicographers decide which historical figures deserve a mention or perhaps even an ...
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Pants on Fire (#1479) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

A highly anticipated children's book and the epic history behind a familiar vegetable. Fans of illustrator Maurice Sendak are eagerly awaiting the publication of a newly ...
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Frozen Rope (#1478) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Where would you find a sports commentator talking about high cheese and ducks on a pond? Here's a hint: both terms are part of what make the language of America’s pastime so ...
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Gone to Seed (#1469) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Restaurant jargon, military slang, and modern Greek turns of phrase. Some restaurants now advertise that they sell "clean" sandwiches. But that doesn't mean they're ...
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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? ...