In Schools, a Way to Keep Language From Getting in the Way of Science2013-12-29
AA: I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: Helping young people learn to talk, and think, about science.
'How Are Yinz Doin?' Pittsburghers Ask; 'Huh?' G20 Leaders May Wonder2013-06-21
AA: I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: we discuss a local dialect spoken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the host city for this week's Group of 20 economic summit. That's Rosanne's hometown, and she went back in 2000 to tell us about Pittsburghese.
Wanna, Gonna, Hafta: Getting Relaxed With Reduced Forms in Speech2012-11-08
AA: I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: reduced forms in spoken American English.
A Website to Say What You Would Have Said, If Only You Could Have2012-11-08
RS: The premise is simple. People submit letters saying the things they would have said to a person if they had the chance. Jackie Hooper got the idea for the project in March of last year, when actress Natasha Richardson hit her head during a ski lesson and died from a brain injury.
If All Else Fails at a Party, Throw Yourself on the Mercy of the Crowd2012-11-06
A: Im Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on Wordmaster: If mixing with people at parties leaves you at a loss for words, writer Jeanne Martinet offers some help in an updated edition of her popular book The Art of Mingling.
What Difference Does a Preposition Make? We'll Get Back at You2012-11-06
AA: I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: Prepositions for the perplexed.
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Finding Comfort in Euphemisms When Words Make Us Feel Uneasy2010-12-31
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: There's a new book called Euphemania: Our Love Affair With Euphemisms.
Writing Laws So Lawyers Are Not the Only Ones Who Can Read Them2010-12-31
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: Our guest is David Marcello, executive director of the Public Law Center, a joint program of the Tulane and Loyola law schools in New Orleans.
Seriously: 'OK' Began as a Joke in a Newspaper in 1839 Part 12010-12-30
America's most important word. The most successful American export to the rest of the world. And also the embodiment of the American philosophy, the American way of thinking.
Seriously: 'OK' Began as a Joke in a Newspaper in Boston in 1839 Part 22010-12-30
Last week, Allan Metcalf explained how OK began as a joke on March 23, 1839. That was the day a Boston newspaper first used it as a humorous, misspelled abbreviation for all correct.Other factors later helped propel OK into wider use.
'Jack and the Beanstalk,' Told With Food-Related Slang2010-12-30
Our theme is food, or more precisely, slang having to do with food. After all, Thanksgiving is just a day away, and the traditional way to celebrate the holiday is with a big, festive meal.
[2]Give Us a Break OK, Not Exactly a Breakthrough Headline2010-12-29
If you're looking for a break from all the U.S. election news, we've got the answer. We're back with Slangman David Burke to finish reading through a letter filled to the breaking point with examples of the many ways Americans use the word break.
Taking the Frustration Out of Phrasal Verbs2010-12-29
English teacher Lida Baker joins us from Los Angeles to talk about phrasal verbs. The first word is a verb. The second word, sometimes even a third, is usually a preposition. Phrasal verbs have a reputation for being tough for English learners. So what does Lida Baker think?
[1]Give Us a Break OK, Not Exactly a Breakthrough Headline2010-12-29
Dear Slangman, I need your advice. Here's the story that just broke today. Well, this morning I had a real breakthrough, so let me break it down for you. Today I finally broke up with my boyfriend because he had some really annoying characteristics.
'Don't Let Somebody Else's Words Dictate the Discussion All the Time'2010-12-28
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: We're back with management expert Kathleen Kelley Reardon, talking about her new book, Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation.
Think Age Makes No Difference for Twins? Just Listen to Them Talk2010-12-28
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: We're back with linguist and author Deborah Tannen, discussing communication between sisters, the topic of her most recent book You Were Always Mom's Favorite!
Advice for What to Say If Someone Leaves You at a Loss for Words2010-12-28
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: A conversation with Kathleen Kelley Reardon, a management professor whose newest book is called Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation.
What Americans Mean When They Make an Appeal to 'Sensitivity'2010-12-27
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: our guest is linguist Geoff Nunberg. He's been listening to how Americans debate issues, and there's a particular word he often finds they invoke: sensitivities.
Listening for What Sisters Say About Each Other, What They Really Mean2010-12-27
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: We're joined by Deborah Tannen, the Georgetown University linguist and author of best-selling books on how we communicate. Her early work focused on the different conversation styles of men and women. Later came mothers and daughters.
How to Get the Most From a Complaint Letter2010-12-27
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on Wordmaster: a lesson in complaining. RS: English teacher Lida Baker is with us from Los Angeles to discuss a topic suggested by one of our listeners, an English teacher in Iran. His students would like to know the proper way to complain.
What Is Your Conversational Style: Bowling, Rugby or Basketball?2010-12-26
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: What students coming to study in the U.S. can do to avoid culture shock in the classroom.
Words and Debates Change With Time, but First Amendment Stays the Same2010-12-26
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is more than two centuries old. Americans still talk about it a lot, but what exactly is it?
Language From the Sea, Still Fresh After Centuries2010-12-26
Lots of nautical expressions have washed ashore into everyday English. Alan Hartley researches them for the Oxford English Dictionary -- that is, when he's not supervising the loading of grain onto foreign ships in the Great Lakes. We called him at his office in Minnesota, and immediately made headway.
How to Avoid Being Seduced by Words That 'Cheapen the Language'2010-12-25
I'm Avi Arditti with Rosanne Skirble, and this week on WORDMASTER: Our guest is the author of a book called On Words: Insight Into How Our Words Work and Don't.
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