8.2.07

Away, A Way!

Ek!
Compose.
And A Way I go!
I've really gotten into these PodCasts as of late. First it was just the news: The New York Times and NPR both do a daily 5 minute coverage. Since I don't listen to the radio and, up until recently, didn't have a tele, the PodCasts have been ideal. Like all things wonderful-your favorite magazine, guilt, the city and a sparkling red, to name a few- you can't help but to indulge a little or a lot as your wants may be. So, I started branching out. Maybe 60 sec. of science would be interesting. AIGA even has a podcast. Left, Right and Center is great if you can manage to let it wash over you and take what you need. However, I feel that NPR has got the medium on lock down. Wait, wait! Don't Tell Me won my heart and listener support, hands down!
But wait, I am not finish. To the point, I started listening to this nerdy/goofy/ highly-informative program that is advertised at the end of Wait, Wait!... The radio-program-turned-PodCast is called A Way With Words. Hosts, Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, plow through the English language, answering questions on regional slang, proper usage and the unique circumstances of overlooked phrases. For instance, maybe you've felt awkward about beginning a sentence with "And". I actually remember elementary school teachers discouraging the practice. Turns out, its perfectly fine. Go ahead, start a sentence with "And" today!
Needless to say, I find the program thoroughly engaging. Much like my desire to one day have a This American Life moment to write about, I find myself wanting interaction with Martha and Grant's words wisdom. So, about two weeks ago I emailed Martha with what I hoped to be a worthy query: Where does the phrase "Can I keep you company?" come from? My thoughts on this are simple. We don't say: "Can I keep you sanity?" "Can I keep you milk?" "Can I keep you activity?" Et cetera.
SooOOOOooo! I got an email today from "A Way With Words". They want to give me a call next Wednesday (Another good question: What in the heck is that D doing in there?) and record my convo with Martha and Grant. ek!

6 comments:

bean said...

YOU are an indulged-in podcast. and a worthy query.

awesome. congrats!

Joanna Goddard said...

great questions!!!

also february with two r's??

i'm excited to hear the podcast. can you post it?

Jeannie said...

i can't wait to hear this one! (crimeny!)

team jogo said...

i look forward to cyberstalking you and conversely to you using your tracking system to counter-cyberstalk me...love from brazil...

Gina Kay said...

team jogo? Is this Jason? I am calling the cops...

Team Jogo said...

at least you're better than colby who unceremoniously deleted my team jogo comments from his blog...