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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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Tosca702 ,

a modest excellence

Always a worthwhile way to spend 5 minutes a week.

CMKFish ,

Short & Fun language notes!

Fun for English language learners and also English language users!!

Kona Whirled ,

Have you ever wondered...

Have you ever wondered about the broad pallet of words that we have in the English language, and how they came to be? Have you ever wondered how spellings and usages evolved over time? If you are a “word nerd” and a lover of the power and nuances that our words can bring to literature and to spoken communication, then this show is for you! Not only is it fun and informative, but you will love the chemistry of the two hosts! You can tell that they are truly enjoying themselves, and have a passion for sharing this knowledge with their audience.

If I had any complaint whatsoever, it would be that the segments often feel too short. However, the program length is no doubt governed by the time slot(s) made available by the morning NPR news broadcast.

Whenever I hear the “That’s What They Say” introductory riff and Dr. Kurzan’s voice, I know I am going to be smiling by the end of the program! This program is a shining example of why I love and support WUOM Michigan Radio!

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