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From ‘Fubby’ To ‘Cattywampus,’ How Words Span Generations In Families

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett are pictured in this undated photo.

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Above: Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett are pictured in this undated photo.

From 'Fubby' To 'Cattywampus,' How Words Span Generations In Families


Martha Barnette, co-host, "A Way With Words"

Grant Barrett, co-host, "A Way With Words"


As this year’s college freshmen leave their family homes to live with their peers, they may discover that the words their families use for messy rooms, or even body parts, are not exactly universal.

Some of these family words reflect regional differences, some ethnic, but they all have a story to tell.

The co-hosts of "A Way With Words" join Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss some of the family words KPBS listeners shared.

Social media post soliciting family words


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