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Hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette

Lovers of words, writing, books, and languages speak with author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett about family expressions, idioms, new words, slang, regional dialects, word origins, and all things linguistic and lexical. Martha’s background is in the past, having studied Ancient Greek and Latin and published books on the origins of food names, flower names, and the animal terms hidden inside everyday words. Grant’s expertise is the present — slang, new words, and dictionaries. Listeners are engaged and supply fodder for lively conversation, intriguing historical connections, and unraveling linguistic mysteries.

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