Thursday, December 21, 2006

A New Co-Host for "A Way with Words"

Well, y'all, as my North Carolina-born pappy used to say, I'm a-grinnin' like a mule eatin' briars!

Why? Because "A Way with Words" has a new co-host, Grant Barrett -- and I couldn't be happier.

As editor of The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English and the Double-Tongued Dictionary Web site ( Barrett tracks slang, jargon and new words from the fringes of English. In his former role as lexicographer for Oxford University Press, he served as project editor of the Historical Dictionary of American Slang and he edited the Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang.

Besides being a dogged researcher, Grant is smart and funny as all get-out. I'm thrilled and honored that he's joining me to play in the radio sandbox, and I can't wait for you to get to know him.

Our new season premieres January 20! So please tune in and let us know what you think about AWWW ver. 4.0!


Blogger theorris said...

That's great news, Martha. I'm looking forward to the new season. I realized the extent of my linguistic geekiness when I realized that I was disappointed there were no new episodes this fall.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

What, Theorris? You? A fellow NERD?

Hmmmm, well, judging by that photo, maybe so.....

10:24 AM  
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11:32 PM  
Blogger Brock said...

Yay!!! New episodes! New host! I missed Richard on his earlier hiatus, and I shall miss him in his semi-retirement. Congrats to him for his promotion to "Verbivore Emeritus!"

Woo-hoo, I can't wait for the next podcast. I think I've got most of the reruns down to memory. :)

Thanks to Martha, Richard and in advance to Grant for all the hard work!

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Curious said...

I have a question for you. Recently I ran across the following statement on slashdot: "The article sites previous cases, where sites were prohibited by judges from linking to files which violated copyright law."

Is there a word to describe the misspelling of a word like "cites" such that it makes it indistinguishable from its homophone "sites" in a context where both words are used?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know - this blog may be someplace I may have to stick around a bit, like your insight

5:32 PM  
Blogger Jane Louise Boursaw said...

Hey Martha - Excellent news! I'm looking forward to listening to you and Grant in the new season of "A Way With Words".

Jane "I'm still listening" Boursaw

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Arthur Salazar said...

I am also waiting and excited about the new co-host. However, I never get tired of the old episodes and I love hearing them again.

Good luck to Richard in his retirement.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Marian The said...

This is great! I'm so glad you picked Grant--I really liked him when he was on before.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Here's a good idea - especially that "gone missing" phrase.
‎>Subject: Lake Superior State University :: Banished Words List :: Welcome‎

11:25 AM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Martha,
I listen to your show via the internet archive and enjoy the show very much.

I have a question about dictionaries. In Slaying the English Jargon (an older publication mean for a technical communication audience and published by the Society for Technical Communication) author Fern Rook states this about dictionaries:

M-W unabridged is the most prestigious in the United States and considered be the authority by librarians and linguists. The appearance of The American Heritage Dictionary was notable in that it was the first to have made the best seller list. M-W dictionaries concentrate on what is widely used. The AHD provides usage guidelines for those who need to find out whether a word is considered to be standard usage. For example, for grub, AHD shows "Slang Food" in the entry. M-W shows simply "food" for its entry.

I wonder if you agree that this is still true about the M-W and AHD dictionaries.

6:43 AM  

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