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A Way with Words: language and linguistics

By Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.

A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. 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. Email your language questions to words@waywordradio.org or call with your questions 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 are free: http://waywordradio.org/. On Twitter at http://twitter.com/wayword.

  1. 1.
    Spicy Jambalaya - 18 June 201818 June 2018
    51:57
  2. 2.
    A request from Martha — 13 June 201813 June 2018
    1:11
  3. 3.
    Chopped Liver — 11 June 201811 June 2018
    51:57
  4. 4.
    Busted Melon (Rebroadcast) - 4 June 20184 June 2018
    52:24
  5. 5.
    Truth and Beauty - 28 May 201828 May 2018
    51:00
  6. 6.
    Jump Steady (Rebroadcast) - 21 May 201821 May 2018
    51:18
  7. 7.
    Dessert Stomach - 14 May 201814 May 2018
    51:00
  8. 8.
    Scat Cat (Rebroadcast) - 7 May 20187 May 2018
    51:00
  1. 9.
    Far Out, Man - 30 April 201830 April 2018
    51:00
  2. 10.
    Beat the Band (Rebroadcast) - 23 April 201824 April 2018
    51:00
  3. 11.
    Brollies and Bumbershoots - 16 April 201816 April 2018
    51:00
  4. 12.
    Cool Your Soup - 9 April 20189 April 2018
    51:00
  5. 13.
    Put on the Dog - 2 April 20182 April 2018
    51:00
  6. 14.
    Fighting Artichokes (Rebroadcast) - 26 March 201826 March 2018
    51:00
  7. 15.
    Burn Bag (Rebroadcast) - 19 March 201819 March 2018
    51:00
  8. 16.
    Gee and Haw - 12 March 201812 March 2018
    51:00
  9. 17.
    Gung Ho - 5 March 20185 March 2018
    51:00
  10. 18.
    Flop Sweat (Rebroadcast) - 26 February 201827 February 2018
    51:00
  11. 19.
    Smile Belt (Rebroadcast) - 19 February 201819 February 2018
    51:00
  12. 20.
    Crusticles and Fenderbergs - 12 February 201812 February 2018
    51:00
  13. 21.
    Bun in the Oven - 5 February 20185 February 2018
    51:00
  14. 22.
    Flying Pickle - 29 January 201829 January 2018
    51:00
  15. 23.
    Happy as Larry - 22 January 201822 January 2018
    51:00
  16. 24.
    A Shoo In (Rebroadcast) - 15 January 201815 January 2018
    51:00
  17. 25.
    Noon of Night (Rebroadcast) - 8 January 20188 January 2018
    51:00
  18. 26.
    Naked as a Jaybird - 1 January 20181 January 2018
    51:54
  19. 27.
    Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (Rebroadcast) - 25 December 201725 December 2017
    52:12
  20. 28.
    There's more of everything!21 December 2017
    1:03
  21. 29.
    Brand Spanking New - 18 December 201718 December 2017
    51:55
  22. 30.
    The Last Straw - 11 December 201711 December 2017
    51:55
  23. 31.
    A gift for your language nerd!8 December 2017
    1:06
  24. 32.
    Skedaddle (Rebroadcast) - 4 December 20174 December 2017
    51:41
  25. 33.
    Coast Is Clear (Rebroadcast) - 27 November 201727 November 2017
    51:00
  26. 34.
    Hidden Treasures - 20 November 201720 November 2017
    51:00
  27. 35.
    Butterflies in Your Stomach - 13 November 201713 November 2017
    51:00
  28. 36.
    Catch You on the Flip Side - 6 November 20176 November 2017
    51:00
  29. 37.
    All Verklempt - 30 October 201730 October 2017
    51:00
  30. 38.
    Hunk Waffle - 23 October 201723 October 2017
    51:00
  31. 39.
    Pants on Fire - 16 October 201716 October 2017
    51:00
  32. 40.
    Frozen Rope - 9 October 20179 October 2017
    51:00
  33. 41.
    Gone to Seed (Rebroadcast) - 2 October 20172 October 2017
    52:29
  34. 42.
    Hell's Half Acre (Rebroadcast) - 25 September 201725 September 2017
    52:16
  35. 43.
    Steamed Bun (Rebroadcast) - 18 September 201718 September 2017
    52:29
  36. 44.
    Charismatic Megafauna (Rebroadcast) - 11 September 201711 September 2017
    52:16
  37. 45.
    Knuckle Down (Rebroadcast) - 4 September 20174 September 2017
    52:29
  38. 46.
    What Kids Know and Want to Find Out - 1 September 20171 September 2017
    29:03
  39. 47.
    Lie Like a Rug (Rebroadcast) - 28 August 201728 August 2017
    51:00
  40. 48.
    Pig Latin (Rebroadcast) - 21 August 201727 August 2017
    51:00
  41. 49.
    Whistle in the Dark (Rebroadcast) - 14 August 201714 August 2017
    51:00
  42. 50.
    Chocolate Gravy (Rebroadcast) - 7 August 20177 August 2017
    51:00
  43. 51.
    Fickle Finger of Fate (Rebroadcast) - 31 July 201731 July 2017
    51:13
  44. 52.
    Flop Sweat - 24 July 201724 July 2017
    51:00
  45. 53.
    Smile Belt - 17 July 201717 July 2017
    51:52
  46. 54.
    A Shoo-In - 10 July 201710 July 2017
    51:52
  47. 55.
    Stars and Garters (Rebroadcast) - 3 July 20173 July 2017
    51:53
  48. 56.
    Noon of Night - 26 June 201726 June 2017
    52:37
  49. 57.
    Boss of Me (Rebroadcast) - 19 June 201719 June 2017
    52:35
  50. 58.
    Sunny Side Up (Rebroadcast) - 12 June 201712 June 2017
    52:37
  51. 59.
    Naked as a Jaybird - 5 June 20175 June 2017
    51:00
  52. 60.
    Hot Dog Cold Turkey - 29 May 201729 May 2017
    51:00
  53. 61.
    Spur of the Moment (Rebroadcast) - 22 May 201722 May 2017
    51:00
  54. 62.
    Hell For Leather (Rebroadcast) - 15 May 201715 May 2017
    51:00
  55. 63.
    Skedaddle - 8 May 20178 May 2017
    51:00
  56. 64.
    Pop Stand (Rebroadcast) - 1 May 20171 May 2017
    51:00
  57. 65.
    Coast Is Clear - 24 April 201724 April 2017
    51:00
  58. 66.
    Punch List (Rebroadcast) - 17 April 201717 April 2017
    51:00
  59. 67.
    Sweet Dreams (Rebroadcast) - 10 April 20178 April 2017
    51:00
  60. 68.
    Gone To Seed - 3 April 20173 April 2017
    51:00
  61. 69.
    Hell's Half Acre - 27 March 201727 March 2017
    51:00
  62. 70.
    Steamed Bun - 20 March 201720 March 2017
    51:00
  63. 71.
    Gangbusters (Rebroadcast) - 13 March 201713 March 2017
    51:00
  64. 72.
    XYZ PDQ (Rebroadcast) - 6 March 20176 March 2017
    51:00
  65. 73.
    Hang a Ralph (Rebroadcast) - 27 February 201727 February 2017
    51:00
  66. 74.
    Charismatic Megafauna - 20 February 201720 February 2017
    51:00
  67. 75.
    Knuckle Down - 13 February 201713 February 2017
    51:00
  68. 76.
    Lie Like A Rug - 5 February 20176 February 2017
    51:00
  69. 77.
    Pig Latin - 29 January 201730 January 2017
    51:00
  70. 78.
    You Bet Your Boots (Rebroadcast) - 23 January 201623 January 2017
    51:00
  71. 79.
    Pink Slip (Rebroadcast) - 16 January 201716 January 2017
    52:18
  72. 80.
    Criss-Cross Applesauce (Rebroadcast) - 9 January 20169 January 2017
    52:18
  73. 81.
    Flee Fly Flo - 2016 December 312 January 2017
    52:18
  74. 82.
    We've come a long way!30 December 2016
    1:27
  75. 83.
    Whistle Pig (Rebroadcast) - 26 December 201626 December 2016
    52:18
  76. 84.
    Copacetic (Rebroadcast) - 19 December 201619 December 2016
    52:18
  77. 85.
    Whistle in the Dark - 12 December 201612 December 2016
    51:13
  78. 86.
    Chocolate Gravy - 5 December 20165 December 2016
    51:13
  79. 87.
    Mustard On It (Rebroadcast) - 28 November 201628 November 2016
    51:13
  80. 88.
    Fickle Finger of Fate (#1459)21 November 2016
    51:13
  81. 89.
    Stars and Garters - 14 November201614 November 2016
    51:13
  82. 90.
    Proof in the Pudding (Rebroadcast) - 7 November 20167 November 2016
    51:13
  83. 91.
    Boss Of Me - 31 October 201631 October 2016
    51:18
  84. 92.
    Sunny Side Up - 24 October 201624 October 2016
    51:13
  85. 93.
    Spur of the Moment - 17 October 201617 October 2016
    51:18
  86. 94.
    Hell For Leather - 10 October 201610 October 2016
    51:13
  87. 95.
    Busted Melon (Rebroadcast) - 3 October 20163 October 2016
    51:18
  88. 96.
    Jump Steady (Rebroadcast) - 26 September 201626 September 2016
    51:18
  89. 97.
    Scat Cat (Rebroadcast) - 19 September 201619 September 2016
    51:18
  90. 98.
    Listening Is Only Half Of It - 18 September 201619 September 2016
    0:56
  91. 99.
    There's Something About A Way with Words... - 14 September 201614 September 2016
    0:42
  92. 100.
    Tennessee Top Hat (Rebroadcast) - 12 September 201612 September 2016
    51:18

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