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A Way with Words - language, linguistics, and callers from all over

Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.
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Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, language change and varieties, as well as word histories, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Be a part of the show with author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett. Share your language thoughts, questions, and stories: or In the US 🇺🇸 and Canada 🇨🇦, call 1 (877) 929-9673 toll-free 24/7. In the UK 🇬🇧, 020 3286 5677. In México 🇲🇽, 55 8421 8567. Send a voice note or question via WhatsApp, 16198004443. From everywhere, call or text +1 (619) 800-4443. Past episodes, show notes, topic search, and more: A Way with Words is listener-supported! ❤️ Want to listen without ads? Subscribe here!


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    What I like about this podcast is it goes into the enthusiasm of learning about the meaning or different language means of English words, English phrases and their history but also to understand how certain words that you think mean the same thing may actually have different meanings and how sometimes some things might not be understood the same way in different cultures so it takes peoples phone calls and itdoes research and it does some findings on their questions. more

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