Get Ready, Get Set . . .

I haven’t posted much lately. That’s because we here at “A Way with Words” have been on the run, getting ready to kick off our brand-new season this coming Saturday, January 20. My new co-host, Grant Barrett, was out here in California for a few days last week, and we had a blast getting ready for our first show. I’m really excited about it.

Btw, if I posted something every time Grant was in the news talking about language, I wouldn’t have time to do much else. But I will point out that he was recently holding forth in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the American Dialect Society’s “Word of the Year” vote.

And you may have caught Grant this past Sunday in the New York Times, where “On Language” columnist William Safire referred to him as “the lexicographer Grant Barrett.”

Which reminds me: Shouldn’t there be a word for the point at which one becomes a “the”? I’ve been waiting to be referred to in print as “the sultry radio host Martha Barnette.” Hasn’t happened yet. But I suppose there’s still time.

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