What new English words will you teach for 2009?

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Do you have a way with words? Are you a lover of word trivia and origins?  Do you remember having to copy definitions from the dictionary in elementary school?  Do you remember how tedious that was?

Forget forcing students to memorize boring vocabulary lists.  Get your English students engaged in the story of English words, their origins, and their multiple uses.  Your English students will also learn those that are on your vital academic world list – in context and with a vivid stories.

A Way with Words, another outstanding public radio show, is co-hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett (who writes an annual buzzwords of the year survey for the New York Times).  The hour long program examines the English language as the hosts answer listeners’ questions about intriguing aspects of the English language, including grammar, vocabulary, idioms, slang, dialects, speaking, and writing.  Web visitors can also listen to episodes online, download MP3s, and subscribe to podcasts for free.

While the show is better for English teachers and writers than most English language learners or adult ESL students, listeners will gain a greater appreciation for and knowledge of our strange, fascinating language.


  • Free downloads
  • Thematic episodes accompanied by a reading text
  • Discussion points
  • All past episodes are archived chronologically for easy browsing
  • Free subscriptions

Site URL: http://www.waywordradio.org/

Word mavens might also be interested in the New York Times column on buzzwords:

Check it out!

Finally, let’s hope that everyone smiles more and sighs less in 2009 than in 2008!

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