A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over
A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over
A Way with Words
Take Tea for the Fever (Rebroadcast) - 15 June 2020
51 minutes Posted Jun 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
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Silence comes in lots of different forms. In fact, says writer Paul Goodman, there are several kinds: There's the noisy silence of "resentment and self-recrimination," and the helpful, participatory silence of actively listening to someone speak. Plus, the strange story behind the English words "grotesque" and "antic": both involve bizarre paintings found in ancient Roman ruins. Finally, the whirring sound of a Betsy bug and a moth's dusty wings give rise to picturesque English words and phrases. Plus millers, keysmash, subpar, placer mining, dinklepink and padiddle, machatunim and consuegros, and to clock someone.

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