20 episodes

That's What They Say is a weekly segment on Michigan Radio that explores our changing language. Each week University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan will discuss why we say what we say with Michigan Radio Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth.

That's What They Say Anne Curzan, Rebecca Kruth

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    • 4.9 • 99 Ratings

That's What They Say is a weekly segment on Michigan Radio that explores our changing language. Each week University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan will discuss why we say what we say with Michigan Radio Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth.

    TWTS: Hunting for grounds once haunted

    TWTS: Hunting for grounds once haunted

    The places one haunts are often not haunted, if "haunted" means there are ghosts or spirits there.

    • 5 min
    TWTS: Search up your questions online or just ask a linguist

    TWTS: Search up your questions online or just ask a linguist

    In the age of the internet, if you don’t know the answer to something, you can just search it up online — even if your question is about the verb “search up.”

    • 5 min
    TWTS: "Proven" and "proved" are both approved

    TWTS: "Proven" and "proved" are both approved

    If you prove something to be true, then it’s proven. Or is it proved?

    • 5 min
    TWTS: Confusing “wont” with “want” is a wont nobody wants

    TWTS: Confusing “wont” with “want” is a wont nobody wants

    As language nerds are wont to do, they get curious about words like “wont” and its relationship with “want.”

    • 5 min
    TWTS: At the epicenter of it all

    TWTS: At the epicenter of it all

    Geologically speaking, epicenters are dangerous places to be. They’ve also raised some usage questions which are probably less dangerous, though it may depend on who you ask.

    • 4 min
    TWTS: Feeling overwhelmed? "Whelmed" can totally relate

    TWTS: Feeling overwhelmed? "Whelmed" can totally relate

    Given that we can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, it's completely reasonable to ask what it means to just be whelmed.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

GenXMeg ,

“I resonate with this.”

I love this. Please do the word “resonate.” Why the surge in popularity lately and rampant misusage?

JJS359 ,

Thanks!

I absorb books about English usage, so I have looked forward to and enjoyed Sunday mornings.

However occasionally I do miss some broadcasts, so THANK YOU for the blog! We are about to fly to see our (UM Alumna) daughter, so I am saving the blog entries as a treat during our the flight. Love it!
Jim

Tosca702 ,

a modest excellence

Always a worthwhile way to spend 5 minutes a week.

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