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The Language of Love

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Originally aired March 31, 2007

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Is sweet talk any sexier when it's in a foreign tongue? Martha and Grant look at terms of endearment in other languages. And once you're past your teens, are the words "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" appropriate to describe unmarried partners?

The summary set the record straight about whether the word "picnic" has racist roots, and whether there's more than one way to pronounce the word "sandwich."

And incidentally, if you think that gyro sandwiches and hero sandwiches are linguistic relatives, you'll want to chew on what Martha and Grant have to say about it.

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