This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes discusses his interest in the private language of families. He notes that this is not a topic that has been well researched. He notes that the source of these private languages may come from the children of the family or a mispronunciation that sticks. He asks listeners to send examples of this type of thing.
This leads to a discussion of the vocabulary created by high fashion magazines, and the use of words for persuasion.
Seldes follows this with a discussion of words used for art - he reads several lines of poetry.
This moves to a general discussion of communication.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70608
Municipal archives id: LT7560