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Oh, Whatever.

Language commentator Geoffrey Nunberg comments on interjections in modern slang.
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03:46

The Fate of Underworld Slang

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg examines what has happened to underworld slang. He says it no longer thrives the way it did in centuries gone by.

04:01

The Fate of Underworld Slang.

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg examines what has happened to underworld slang. He says it no longer thrives the way it did in centuries gone by.

06:36

Linguistic Transformation in the Movies

Language commentator Geoff Nunberg reflects on how changing modes of speech in motion pictures signify a character's personal transformation. The 1938 version of Pygmalion is a great example -- but the trope can be found in several other films.

46:47

Word History with John Ciardi.

Poet and essayist John Ciardi is known for his etymologies on the NPR program "Morning Edition." Ciardi joins the show to discuss his love of words and their histories.

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