Words to Live By

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Word cloud of Pres. Obama's speech to Congress on jobs on September 8, 2011

Ben Zimmer returns to our show to talk about his favorite words of 2011, from "occupy" to new words like "humblebrag," "narbs," and "fomo." Former NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner tells about his humorous and thoughtful global quest for spiritual enlightenment. A priest talks about some of the unexpected humor in the Bible. Plus, we’ll look at the dangers professional hockey players and other contact sports players face when they play.