20 episodes

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

That's What They Say Anne Curzan, Rebecca Kruth

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 115 Ratings

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

    TWTS: How worms of destruction begat worms of wisdom

    TWTS: How worms of destruction begat worms of wisdom

    While now we may think of being a bookworm as a positive trait, that hasn't always been the case.

    • 4 min
    TWTS: It "ghosts" without saying ... well, anything

    TWTS: It "ghosts" without saying ... well, anything

    Social media has made a couple of longstanding English verbs work or mean differently.

    • 4 min
    TWTS: You can pay homage with or without the "h"

    TWTS: You can pay homage with or without the "h"

    If you want to pronounce "homage" to a tee, it may depend what you mean.

    • 4 min
    TWTS: Learning new slang is good "for the plot"

    TWTS: Learning new slang is good "for the plot"

    As we live our lives, there's some new slang words that can help us narrate it as we go. That is, if we're in a demographic that allows us to use slang credibly.

    • 5 min
    TWTS: Whether "or not" belongs in "whether or not" or not

    TWTS: Whether "or not" belongs in "whether or not" or not

    We don’t all agree on whether or not we should correct the phrasing "whether or not."

    • 5 min
    TWTS: Going forth and back on "back and forth"

    TWTS: Going forth and back on "back and forth"

    We can talk about sending emails back and forth. But why does it sound odd to talk about sending them forth and back?

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

EconoPNW ,

It’s Oscar Season!

Why do all the Hollywood celebrities use the torturous phrase “I’m appreciative of” instead of “I appreciate” when thanking all the little people during an Oscar acceptance speech?

This reminds me of another passively torturous phrase, “you are so missed”, in place of “we miss you.” I wonder why people adopt such affected phrasing…

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

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