Grant Barrett

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Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

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Beat the Band (#1431) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on "A Way with Words": This week on "A Way with Words": Can language change bad behavior in crowded places? The Irish Railway system has launched ad campaign to ...
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Brollies and Bumbershoots (#1496) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

If you think they refer to umbrellas as bumbershoots in the UK, think again. The word bumbershoot actually originated in the United States! In Britain, it's a brolly. Plus, a ...
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Cool Your Soup (#1495) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

According to Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, it's important to master the basics of writing, but there comes a time when you have to strike out on your own and teach yourself. ...
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Put on the Dog (#1494) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Ever wonder whatever happened to responding to "Thank you" with the words "You're welcome"? A listener asks why so many radio interviews end with the interviewee thanking the ...
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Fighting Artichokes (#1430) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

What's in a mascot name? Maybe you're a fan of the Banana Slugs, or you cheer for the Winged Beavers. Perhaps your loyalty lies with the Fighting Artichokes. There are some ...
Caption: Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette

Burn Bag (#1429) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week on "A Way with Words": Slang from the 19th century. The slang coming out of Victorian mouths was more colorful than you might think. A 1909 collection of ...
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Gee and Haw (#1493) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The highly specialized vocabulary of people who work outdoors, like farmers and fishermen, can bring us closer to the natural world. Also, a woman who trains sled dogs ...
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Gung Ho (#1492) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The stories behind symbols and expressions around the world. The peace symbol popular during 1960's antiwar demonstrations had been around for decades.It originated in the ...
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Flop Sweat (#1477) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Gerrymandering is the practice of redistricting to tip the political scales. Originally, though, this strategy was called "GARY-mandering" with a hard "g." But why? And: Mark ...
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Smile Belt  (#1476) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The only time you'll ever see the sun's outer atmosphere is during a full solar eclipse, when sun itself is completely covered. That hazy ring is called the corona, from the ...