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Word Matters

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Word Matters

Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media

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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who's curious about the English language. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is our language.
 
Prose: "a dull or ordinary style, quality, or condition" - merriam-webster. Welcome to the Prose Between Bros podcast! Where two bros each write one page of prose inspired by a randomly generated prompt. Join us every Thursday for a new episode and follow us on Twitter @ProseTweenBros.
 
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Machshavah Lab

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Machshavah Lab

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

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My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be div ...
 
There’s more news and less comprehension today than any historical period that didn’t involve literal witch trials, and trying to stay on top of it all can feel like playing a game of telephone with 30 people, except everyone’s speaking at the same time and like a third of them are openly racist for some reason. From Cracked co-founder Jack O’Brien, THE DAILY ZEITGEIST is stepping into that fray with some of the funniest and smartest comedic and journalistic minds around. Jack and co-host Mi ...
 
Blackthropology is a podcast/movement primarily focused on creating fun, intellectual and raw dialogue that encourages an examination of the issues, concerns and SUCCESSES within the Black community. The name clearly stems from the word “anthropology,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.” Blackthropology is a spin on the study of anthropol ...
 
If Kirby swallowed a boss from Metal Gear Solid, what absolutely bonkers power would he obtain? Which of the X-Men would be the biggest bummer of a roommate? Is King Bob-Omb’s rule officially recognized by the Mushroom Kingdom or is Bob-Omb Battlefield a sovereign nation? Debate This! asks the kind of bold and heroic questions about your favorite video games and comics that no other podcast would dare ask. Although, it’s probably because other people have better things to do than argue which ...
 
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 29, 2021 is: obfuscate • \AHB-fuh-skayt\ • verb Obfuscate means "to make difficult to understand" or "to be evasive, unclear, or confusing." // The coach obfuscated his response as to whether he would retire at the end of the season. // When asked about the lawsuit alleging plagiarism, the singer obfus…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 28, 2021 is: menorah • \muh-NOR-uh\ • noun A menorah is a candelabra with seven or nine lights that is used in Jewish worship. // At sundown on the first night of Hanukkah, Aaron's father helped him light the first candle on the menorah. See the entry > Examples: "The world's largest menorah went up in…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 27, 2021 is: commensurate • \kuh-MEN-suh-rut\ • adjective Commensurate means "proportionate" or "equal in size, amount, or degree." // The job posting states that salary will be commensurate with experience. // The budget cuts of the community college are commensurate with other state-funded agencies a…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 26, 2021 is: maître d' • \may-truh-DEE\ • noun A maître d' (or maitre d') is the headwaiter of the dining-room staff of a restaurant or hotel. // The maître d' ushered the celebrity couple to a private table at the back of the restaurant. See the entry > Examples: "Mike is part of a long-standing trio …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 25, 2021 is: jovial • \JOH-vee-ul\ • adjective Jovial means "markedly good-humored" and describes people and things that are cheerful or full of joy. // Andy remembered his Uncle Jim as a jovial man with a ready smile, a firm handshake, and a cheery greeting for all. // Family reunions are a jovial occ…
 
In this edition of Happy ThanksgivTrend, Jack and special guest host Joelle Monique discuss the Amhaud Arbery case verdict, Kyle Rittenhouse's meeting at Mar-a-Lago, Jared Leto's accent in 'House of Gucci', Fentanyl fearmongering, and the new 'Hawkeye' series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
In episode 1037, Jack and Miles are joined by comedian and co-host of 420 Day Fiance and Private Parts Unknown Sofia Alexandra to discuss The Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy Has Been Fully Weaponized By The Right, Dallas QAnon Group Is Now Becoming Dangerous, Discrimination But Like We’re OK With It’ Leaves the Ahmaud Arbery Trial With One Black …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 24, 2021 is: feign • \FAYN\ • verb Feign means "to give a false appearance of something." // After her mom told her that she will bring her to the doctor's, Kim confessed that she was feigning illness because she forgot to finish her book report. See the entry > Examples: "For his part, Hopkins said Co…
 
First: someone who owns or runs a restaurant is called a restaurateur. What? How did that happen? Is 'restauranteur' a valid word? We'll get into it. Then: why do people say 'meteoric rise' when meteors are famously things that fall? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-se…
 
In this edition of New Hampshire: Live Free or Geist, Jack and Miles discuss Urban Dictionary's new feature, the Grammy Nominees, Dollar Tree raising their prices to $1.25, House of Gucci, how sweet Keanu Reeves is, the Unite The Right defendants being on the hook for $25 million, and Thanksgiving Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.ihe…
 
It's that weird time between October 31st and December 1st where America attempts to both celebrate our history and ignore the plights of colonialism. So, here is our attempt to both capture the family-friendly traditions of November and to stave off the capitalist title wave that is Christmas. The Debaters are here to put their spin on the most Am…
 
In episode 1036, Jack and Miles are joined by TV writer Anna Salinas to discuss Inflation? It’s called profiteering!, Thanksgiving Highlights America’s Rapid Test Quagmire and more! Inflation? It’s called profiteering! Thanksgiving Highlights America’s Rapid Test Quagmire Here’s Why Rapid COVID Tests Are So Expensive and Hard to Find Why is the FDA…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 23, 2021 is: enclave • \EN-klayv\ • noun An enclave is an area inhabited by people who are different in some way from the people in the surrounding areas. // The district includes an enclave in which students of the university reside. See the entry > Examples: "Harlem … was rapidly evolving; once a rur…
 
In this editon of North Carolina: First in Zeit, Jack and Miles discuss the Rittenhouse RetCon, the Lakers brawl, Target staying closed on Thanksgiving, Al Jazeera's list of backsliding democracies, mass robberies (or flashrobs, if you will), and Oliver Stone's new JFK documentary Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork…
 
In episode 1035, Jack and Miles are joined by journalist and host of Very Amusing Carlye Wisel, to discuss America Still A White Supremacist, Violent Shit Scape, With Defund The Police Losing Popularity What’s The Path Forward?, The World Sees A Shitty Offshore Oil Rig Saudi Arabia Sees The Next Disney World and more! America Still A White Supremac…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 22, 2021 is: roister • \ROY-ster\ • verb Roister means "to engage in noisy partying or celebration." // Fans roistered after their team won the championship. See the entry > Examples: "Of course, my student life wasn't all angst and regret. I spent much of my time falling in and out of love and roister…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 21, 2021 is: univocal • \yoo-NIV-uh-kul\ • adjective Univocal means "unambiguous"—that is, "clear" or "precise." // The results of the study were univocal. See the entry > Examples: "An audience member asked the panel if fans might get to see a musical episode in Season 3. Several TV shows have gone do…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for November 20, 2021 is: trepidation • \trep-uh-DAY-shun\ • noun Trepidation is a feeling of fear that causes hesitation because you think that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen. // The students felt a sense of trepidation as they walked toward the principal's office. See the entry > Examples: "The cu…
 
In this edition of WestZeit ConnecTrend, Jack and Miles discuss Kyle Rittenhouse getting away with murder, Kamala Harris being president for an hour, 'Build Back Better' passing the House, the money fight on I-5, and what Ghostbusters is REALLY about. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
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