Tagged with “words” (25) activity chart

  1. Anastasia Helicopter - Unprofessional - Mule Radio Syndicate

    Merlin Mann joins Dave and Lex to talk about Jimmy Carter and vocabulary words.


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  2. Twanging with Lynne Murphy aka Lynneguist

    A conversation with University of Sussex linguist Lynne Murphy. An American in Britain, Murphy maintains the Separated by a Common Language blog, where she goes by the moniker Lynneguist.


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  3. UK English Blown to US Shores, ‘Like Some Exotic Seed’

    For decades, Brits have complained about American contamination of British English. More recently, the reverse has been taking place: British expressions are elbowing their way into American speech. So far, Americans don’t seem to mind.

    Listen above for a conversation with two people who closely follow these lexical exchanges: Lynne Murphy at the University of Sussex and author of the Separated by a Common Language blog; and Ben Yagoda at the University of Delaware and author of the Not One-Off Britishisms blog.


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  4. Words Like ‘Mother’ And ‘Ashes’ May Have Survived From The Last Ice Age : NPR

    Researchers at the University of Reading are speculating that today’s languages share a common root dating as far back as the last Ice Age. Words like "mother," "man" and "ashes" are categorized as "ultraconserved," meaning they are survivors of a lost language from which many modern tongues are descended.


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  5. Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century : Shots - Health News : NPR

    Anthropologists find that the use of "emotional" words in all sorts of books has soared and dipped across the past century, roughly mirroring each era’s social and economic upheavals. And psychologists say this new form of language analysis may offer a more objective view into our culture.


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  6. Forget YOLO: Why ‘Big Data’ Should Be The Word Of The Year : NPR

    "Big Data" had just as much to do with President Obama’s victory as phrases like "Etch A Sketch" and "47 percent," says linguist Geoff Nunberg. Big Data is also behind anxieties about intrusions on our privacy, whether from the government’s anti-terrorist data sweeps or the ads that track us on the Web.


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  7. What’€™s a Hipster? - A Way with Words, public radio’s lively language show

    Get out your skinny jeans and pass the PBR! Martha and Grant discuss the definition of the word hipster. Also, what happens when you pull a brodie? And why do we describe something cheap or poorly made as cheesy? Also, sawbucks, shoestring budgets, the origins of bootlegging, and cabbie lingo, including the slang word bingo.


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  8. A Roberta of Flax (full episode) - A Way with Words, public radio’s lively language show

    We have collective nouns for animals, like “a gaggle of geese,” “a pride of lions,” and “an exaltation of larks.” So why not collective nouns for plants? How about a “greasing of palms,” or a “pursing of tulips”? Also, the difference between further and farther, the proper use of crescendo, how Shakespeare sounded, and why a child’s runny nose is sometimes referred to as lamb’s legs.


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  9. Strange Spelling Bee Words - A Way with Words, public radio’s lively language show

    Why do spelling bees include such bizarre, obsolete words as cymotrichous? Why is New York called the Big Apple? Also, the stinky folk medicine tradition called an asifidity bag, the surprising number of common English phrases that come directly from the King James Bible, three sheets to the wind, the term white elephant, in like Flynn, Australian slang, and what to call foam sleeve for an ice-cold beverage can.


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  10. Simon Winchester on his book The Meaning of Everything

    Simon Winchester discusses his book The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Video here: http://ww3.tvo.org/video/177526/simon-winchester-his-book-meaning-everything

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