language "Poppycock" And Other Forms Of B.S. By Geoffrey Riley & Emily Cureton • Jan 11, 2016 Wikimedia Listen Listening... / 15:17 Mark Peters steps through the pasture. Carefully. Well, this has to be a first. We can neither say the title nor show the cover of a book we're discussing on the air. Because the book is about BS, and you know what that stands for. Language expert and humorist Mark Peters takes a tour through the range of terms we often use (think "balderdash" and "bunk") in his book Bulls**t: A Lexicon. Making New Words For Fun And Profit By Geoffrey Riley & Emily Cureton • Sep 29, 2015 Workman Publishing Listen Listening... / 26:02 Lizzie Skurnick rolls out some of her created words. The vocabulary of the English language is huge. But sometimes, it's not big enough, at least not big enough to contain phrases that SHOULD be words. Lizzie Skurnick started creating words years ago, leading to a New York Times Magazine column rolling out her inventions. The column has now morphed into a book, That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World. Talking Gooder: "Bad English" By Geoffrey Riley & Emily Cureton • Jun 12, 2015 Penguin Books Listen Listening... / 41:18 Ammon Shea rides the waves of language changes. It's a good thing we speak English. We hear it is VERY hard to learn for people who did not grow up with it. And that's partly because it's such a mish-mosh of parts of earlier languages (and some living ones). And we make it harder on ourselves with the way we use it, as Ammon Shea demonstrates in Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation. Learn "Spinglish" In Your Spare Time By Geoffrey Riley & Emily Cureton • Jun 5, 2015 Blue Rider Press Listen Listening... / 26:10 Henry Beard and Christopher Cerf chuckle over the deliberate misuse of language. Politicians long ago perfected the art of speaking for long periods of time without actually saying ANYTHING of substance. But they're not alone... spinning a story to soften or hide true intent is common now in many endeavors. For example, ever lose a job because your company "rightsized"? Many of today's weasel words--sorry, terminological inexactitude--are explored in the book Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language. Delivering Insults With Class By Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren • Feb 10, 2014 Listen Listening... / 41:29 Barry Kraft exults in Shakespeare's words... especially the insults. Did we mention February is big for Shakespeare in Ashland? We could not resist an interview with the creator of the clever book Shakespeare Insult Generator. Think of it as “Mad Libs” for insults, using lines and words from Shakespeare plays.