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The Leonard Lopate Show

You Can't Believe Everything You Read, on the Internet or by Joan Rivers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charles Seife on deception online, Francisco Goldman on Mexico City, and an inside look at the life of Joan Rivers.

The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Idiomatic

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including phrases about "the end."

One Last Idiom Challenge: Translate a favorite from another language into English. We'll post our favorites on our website!

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Idiomatic

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Christine Ammer author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including idioms that feature animals.

Tomorrow's assignment: "Lame duck" and "dark horse" are used in politics.  What idiomatic phrase would you use to describe today's political standoff?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Idiomatic

Monday, February 25, 2013

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including and/or idiomatic phrases like "hue and cry" and "by hook or crook."

Tomorrow's Assignment: Use as many idiomatic phrases as you can in the space of a 100-word paragraph.    

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Idiomatic

Friday, February 22, 2013

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases.

New assignment: What's your definition for the less-well-known idiom "all wool and a yard wide"?  Use your imaginations, not google!  Check out Facebook for more phrases this weekend.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Idiomatic

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including newly coined idioms, like "control freak."

Tomorrow's Assignment: Are there idioms you learned incorrectly, like "intensive purposes" or "making ends meat"?  Share your "misheard" idioms.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Last weekend, thousands of protesters marched on Washington in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Bill McKibben, environmentalist and founder of 350.org, talks to Brian Lehrer about the protest.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Election 2012's Legacy on the English Language

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Geoffrey Nunberg, professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information, language commentator for NPR's Fresh Air and author of Ascent of the A-Word, looks back on what terms, phrases or sayings from the 2012 election season will live on in the popular lexicon.

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The Takeaway

As Puerto Rico Prepares for GOP Primary, Statehood Question Takes Center Stage

Friday, March 16, 2012

On Sunday, citizens of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to weigh in on the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth without full voting privileges in Congress or a vote for president in the general election. But 20 delegates are up for grabs this weekend, and GOP presidential hopefuls have descended on the islands to fight for supporters.

One major question has come up continuously throughout the week of campaigning: How do candidates feel about the status of Puerto Rico's statehood? Notably, Rick Santorum said: "There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language."

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The Takeaway

English Requirement for Public Office?

Friday, January 27, 2012

By her own admission, Alejandrina Cabrera does not speak English very well. Yet this didn't prevent her from running for city council in San Luis, Arizona, a town where 90 percent of its resident speak Spanish. Former Mayor Guillermina Fuentes — a former friend of Cabrera's but now a political enemy — asked a court to remove her name from the ballet because of "inadequate" language skills. Cabrera subsequently failed a court-ordered English language proficiency test.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Keeping Up With English

Friday, November 04, 2011

Executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries, Steve Kleinedler, talks about the new fifth edition and how dictionaries are changing in the digital era.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Global English: Future Tense

Friday, October 29, 2010

The world's current lingua franca picks up words and phrases from other languages and sends them back again. Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of these.

We want your suggestions!  Nominate a word that should be a part of "global English" here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Global English: Made in New York

Monday, October 25, 2010

Leslie Dunton-Downer, author The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, joins us again to explore some of the words and phrases from other languages picked up by the world's current lingua franca.

We want your suggestions! Nominate a word from another language that should be a part of "global English" here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Global English: Disco

Friday, October 22, 2010

Leslie Dunton-Downer, author of The English is Coming!: How One Language is Sweeping the World, explores some of the words and phrases from other languages picked up by the world's current lingua franca.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Word Maven, Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, picks the winners of our Bad Sign Language contest! And she answers your questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book Woe is I has recently been published. Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave us a question.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our word maven, Patricia T. O'Conner, answers questions about the English language and grammar.

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