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Have you ever thought about digging a hole to China? Listen to A Way With Words to hear author Martha Barnette and dictionary editor Grant Barrett offer witty and fun explanations of how some of our stranger language uses came to be. They answer questions about grammar, slang, English usage, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, writing and reading. Topics range from where we got the idea of digging a hole to China to what to call the moment before we sneeze. The most recent broadcast on August 19th talks about the origin of the phrase "no skin off my nose" and the word "Scuttlebutt." Fun for both adults and children.
Good Job, Brain! combines trivia, quizzes, and random facts in an entertaining weekly podcast. Episodes run from about 40 minutes to an hour. The most recent episode from August 21 is a "Quiz Bonanza" featuring questions about film, cocktails, and food. Listening to these podcasts while you're doing activities like driving, cooking, or exercising is a perfect way to keep your brain fit along with the rest of your body. Find the podcasts online or through iTunes.
"I wish I had a bigger vocabulary" is a desire many people share. Word Explorer from Dictionary.com helps you make that wish come true painlessly. Podcasts lasting only a minute or two explore the definition, origin, and related terms for a new word every week. The latest podcast dives into the word "shark," discussing early appearances in literature and links to its German origin. Try using these podcasts to introduce new words to your kids and learn more about words you already know!