Light-hearted conversation with callers from all over about new words, old sayings, slang, family expressions, language change, debates, and varieties, as well as word histories, linguistics, regional dialects, word games, grammar, books, literature, writing, and more. Listeners join author/journalist Martha Barnette and linguist/lexicographer Grant Barrett on the show with their language thoughts, questions, and stories. It's not just about language: it's family, history, and culture.
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About the Host
Host Name: Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
Host Residence Country: United States
Co-host/co-producer Martha Barnette is the author of reader-friendly books on word origins. She has a background in ancient Greek and Latin, studied Spanish in Costa Rica, and worked as a newspaper reporter for major metropolitan dailies. Raised in the South, she now lives in San Diego, where she’s often found hiking mountain trails and performing with an improv comedy troupe.
Co-host/co-producer Grant Barrett (he/him) is an American lexicographer and linguist specializing in slang and new words. He has helped produce dozens of dictionaries. He’s a voracious reader, speaks a bit of French and Spanish, and spent years working in the jargon-rich jungles of information technology. Though born and raised in Missouri, and having been a long-time resident of New York City, Grant now lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, also a linguist and lexicographer, and their young son.