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A Way with Words

A Way with Words is a lively public radio show about words, language, and how we use them. Hundreds of thousands of language-lovers around the world tune in to hear author Martha Barnette and dictionary editor Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, English usage, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. The program is a fresh look at the pleasures and delights of language and linguistics, words and speech, writing and reading.

Call (877) 929-9673 toll-free with your language questions, thoughts, and stories at any time in the U.S. and Canada. From anywhere else, you may call or text +1 (619) 800-4443 at any time. Or email or chat on Twitter @wayword. Find past episodes and more on the website at The podcast feed is