Language http://publicradiotulsa.org en "The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/story-aint-america-its-language-and-most-controversial-dictionary-ever-published <p>On our show today, we speak by phone with David Skinner, an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The New Atlantis, Slate, The Washington Times, and other publications. He&#39;s also the editor of Humanities magazine, which is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he joins us to discuss his book, &quot;The Story of Ain&#39;t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published,&quot; which is just now out in paperback. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:20:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 47111 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published" "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/vex-hex-smash-smooch-encore-presentation <p>(Please note: This program originally aired last year.) On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:09:23 +0000 Rich Fisher 36272 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" (Encore presentation.) "Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/words-and-phrases-coined-or-popularized-americas-presidents <p>Talk about the influential use of language.... Did you know that "bloviate," "lunatic fringe," "iffy," "military-industrial complex," "Anglophobia," "public relations," and "ottoman" are all terms or phrases that have been either coined or popularized by various U.S. Presidents over the years? Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:19:22 +0000 Rich Fisher 32377 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents" "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/vex-hex-smash-smooch <p>On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:19:43 +0000 Rich Fisher 28818 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" "The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/search-worlds-most-extraordinary-language-learners-encore-presentation <p>On this edition of our show, which originally aired back in February, we hear from the writer and linguistic scholar Michael Erard, who&#39;s written about language for Science, Seed, Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, New Scientist, and other publications. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:16:03 +0000 Rich Fisher 20181 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners" (Encore presentation.)