martes, 17 de febrero de 2009

Angla-lingva informo por vort-amantoj

_wo...@waywordradio.org_ ( writes:

Beep-boop-beep! It's another newsletter from "A Way with Words."

This weekend we had a row over the death of the subjunctive, listened with
curiosity to a Texan talking about "help your plate," fell in love with
"lurve," found out why Frodo Baggins is ennead-fingered, listened to an argument
about "swarthy," pushed the shopping cart around "by and large," and were of
two minds about Janus words: _

This morning we also posted another minicast by Martha about regional
expressions. In what part of the country would you be likely to hear "momicking,"
"meehonkey," and "quamish"? Find out:

Running a radio show is about more than sitting in front of a couple of
microphones and goofing off for an hour with new friends from around the country.
It's also about goofing off with new friends from around the world. We have
fans and listeners in Turkey, Iraq, Japan, Australia, Germany, Afghanistan,
Mexico, Brazil, and many other places.

That's why we here at the A Way with Words Library and Research Annex (from
which we run our web site--recently loaded onto a more responsive server to
handle the surging web site traffic--and from which we track language in a
setting not dissimilar to Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center or any fanatic
gamer's basement) have made it easier for our world-wide friends to reach out
and take us by the ears.

First, we've added a Twitter account, using the nickname "wayword." You can
follow us at _ ( to
see all of our biggest announcements and you can tweet your questions to us in
140 characters or less.

We'll be talking more about Twitter in a future show, but if you don't know
what Twitter is, try here: _

Second, we've also added a Skype account, using the Skype nickname
"waywordradio." This means that if you make a voice call to that user name via Skype,
you'll be redirected to our toll-free hotline at no cost to you (since
Skype-to-Skype calls are free, as is the Skype software). It works from anywhere in
the world at any time, day or night, weekday or weekend!

(If you don't know what Skype is, try here:
_ (

Third, Skype allows us to set up inexpensive overseas numbers that also
redirect to our stateside toll-free line. We are pleased to announce that you can
now also reach us via a local numbers in London at +44 20 7193 2113 and in
Mexico City at +52 55 8421 9771. We'll be looking into adding numbers
elsewhere soon, so if you're in another country and have a preference, please let us

On to different topics: our discussion forums are livelier than ever! A few
items have been posted that especially deserve your attention:

Friend of the program Erin McKean writes about the changing language of
crosswords, in which old standby words, mainly used by puzzle creators and rarely
by anyone else, seem to be disappearing from the puzzles. She writes, "The
vocabulary of crosswords is like the dialect of an alternate and highly
specific universe." _ (

Another friend of the program (are we going to have to make an acronym?
FOP?) Mark Peters writes about a topic we've touched on before: what's a good
name for an adult romantic partner? Boyfriend and girlfriend are so childish,
yet all the other options seem limited, too. _

Finally, what are the most-stolen books in Britain?
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Your electronic pals who are fun to be with,

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
Co-hosts of A Way with Words
_http://waywordradio.org_ (

Call or write with your language questions 24 hours a day:
(877) WAY-WORD
(877) 929-9673
_wo...@waywordradio.org_ (

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