Thursday, June 29, 2006

Moi on NPR's "Talk of the Nation"

Had a blast on TOTN yesterday along with the lovely and talented Grant Barrett and Geoff Pullum of Language Log. The topic was ostensibly "how the Web has changed the way people research words,” but we had some great callers, and the show went off in lots of interesting directions. It's worth a listen: Audio here.

Incidentally, if you already know what a merkin is, then you'll understand why I laughed so hard when one caller said that merkin is the first word he looks up when test-driving a new dictionary.

Those of you who don't know from merkins can seek enlightenment here.

And if anyone finds a dictionary with an illustration of a merkin, please do let us know about it, okay?

UPDATE: Much more about merkins in Wikipedia, of course.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, Martha, you really don't want the discussion over at Liz's brought over here, do you? What would the people at Pub(l)ic Radio have to say to you about that at 8am the next morning?

4:12 PM  
Blogger Martha Merkin Swangely said...

I write a blog called "Merkin Talk" and I love all things merkin. It was so good to see the mention merkin in your blog. Keep up the good work and wear your merkin with pride.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Wow, I've never met a Martha Merkin before! This is so exciting -- thanks for stopping by, Martha.

-- Martha, who spent her freshman year at Vandy and therefore knows Exactly where Brentwood, Tennessee is . . .

2:42 PM  

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