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  1. Why Do Auctioneers Talk So Fast? (full episode) | A Way with Words

    Why do auctioneers talk so fast? Martha and Grant discuss the rapid-fire speech of auctioneers, and how it gets you to bid higher. Also, why so many books have ridiculously long titles, where you’d have sonker for dessert, and an appreciation of that children’s classic, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Plus, “different from” vs. “different than,” the origin of suss out, words that apparently entered English in 1937, and the many names for those little gray bugs that roll up into a ball.

    Public radio’s show about words and language and how we use them, with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

    http://www.waywordradio.org/auctioneers/

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