Word Maven http://iowapublicradio.org en Why Do We Call It Soccer? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-do-we-call-it-soccer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever wondered where the word "soccer" come from and why we use it?</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:42:32 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 42480 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Do We Call It Soccer? "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grand-slam-language-session-baseball-terminology-patricia-oconnor <p>Beanball, bender, bleeder, brushback, bull pen… baseball has a language all its own. Today on Talk of Iowa, English language expert Patricia O’Conner "plays ball." Host Charity Nebbe talks to O'Connor about baseball lingo and, of course, she answers your language questions.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:48:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 39174 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Grand Slam" Language Session: Baseball Terminology with Patricia O'Connor Words of the Year http://iowapublicradio.org/post/words-year <p>Join host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;for this talk with Patricia O'Connor to talk about words of the year for 2013, and "banned words." What's your "word of the year"?</p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:34:57 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 34542 at http://iowapublicradio.org Words of the Year Words of Summer with the Word Maven http://iowapublicradio.org/post/words-summer-word-maven <p>Host Charity Nebbe and <a href="http://www.grammarphobia.com/">Patricia O'Connor</a>, aka The Word Maven, discuss the words and phrases of summer.&nbsp; O'Connor reveals the origins of <em>dog days, bikini, lemonade </em>and <em>barbecue. </em></p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:39:48 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 27018 at http://iowapublicradio.org Words of Summer with the Word Maven How Watergate Shaped Our Language http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-watergate-shaped-our-language <p></p><p>Forty years ago this month Nixon’s top White House staffers, HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman resigned over the Watergate Scandal. &nbsp;On today's Talk of Iowa we talk about how Watergate changed our culture and our language with historian Colin Gordon and English language expert Patricia O’Connor. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:40:11 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18600 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Watergate Shaped Our Language Word Maven: Echoic Words http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven-echoic-words <p>Boom, shimmy, giggle, squeak… these words are called echoic words, words whose sound echo what they stand for. Host Charity Nebbe talks with English language expert <a href="http://www.grammarphobia.com/" target="_blank">Patricia O’Conner</a> about these and other <span class="st">onomatopes </span>that belong to the English language.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:11:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9766 at http://iowapublicradio.org Word Maven: Echoic Words The Word Maven http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven <p>Words like tornado and Derecho fascinate and frighten and they both have surprising histories.&nbsp;Charity talks&nbsp;with English language expert Patricia O&rsquo;Connor who looks at&nbsp; the origins of weather related words.&nbsp;&nbsp;Patricia answers all questions that relate to the English language.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 16:22:10 +0000 Charity Nebbe 5629 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Word Maven Word Maven: Great Movie Quotes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven-great-movie-quotes <p>There are movie lines so iconic that not only does almost everyone instantly recognize them, but they&rsquo;ve actually become a part of our lexicon. Today, Charity talks with English Language expert and Iowa native Patricia O&rsquo;Conner about the movie lines that endure and shape our language. O&#39;Conner is the author of a number of popular word books, including &quot;Woe is I: The Grammarphobe&#39;s Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me, and others.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 100 at http://iowapublicradio.org Word Maven: Beautiful Words http://iowapublicradio.org/post/word-maven-beautiful-words <p>Henry James once said, &ldquo;Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the most beautiful words in the English language.&rdquo; On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa we&rsquo;ll talk about the words you think are the most beautiful...for what they mean or for how they sound. Language expert and Iowa native Patricia O&rsquo;Conner is the guest. She is the author of the popular &quot;Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe&#39;s Guide to Better English in Plain English&quot; and several other language books.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 67 at http://iowapublicradio.org