A Way with Words

A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively public radio show about language examined through history, culture, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. They settle disputes, play word quizzes, and discuss language news and controversies. Email your language questions for the show to [email protected] Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 929-9673. London: 020 3286 5677. Mexico City: 55 8421 8567. From anywhere in the world: (619) 800-4443. Skype to the user name "waywordradio." Join the discussions on our website and hear all past shows: Also on Twitter at

Categorized: Languages

Feb 6, 2016 6:58 AM
The Language of Less Than Three - 15 Feb. 2010

Whoever wrote "The Book of Love" neglected to include the handy emoticon <3, which looks like a heart if you turn your head sideways. Grant and Martha talk about how that bit of affectionate shorthand can function as a verb, and about the antiquated words for kiss, "osculate" and "exosculate." A Houston woman says her family makes fun of her for saying "waste not, want not." Does this proverb make literal sense? BTDubs, a San Diego caller notices that more of her...


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