Booksmart Studios

Booksmart Studios
Politics. Culture. Language. Attitude.
Created 21 May 2021
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  • Evidently, You *Can* Go Home Again
    03 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Once upon a time, Bully Pulpit’s Bob Garfield played the role of amateur linguist on a delightful show called Lexicon Valley. Today, to celebrate the re-release of ten vintage Lexicon Valley episodes ...
  • Happy Days Are Here
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 4
    To celebrate the re-release of ten original Lexicon Valley episodes — remastered, ad-free and for paying subscribers only — Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield return as hosts for this special show about the ...
  • EPISODE 10: When Being Done Replaced Doing
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    As a language evolves, words, phrases and even whole tenses fall in and out of fashion. And then, every once in a while, a whole new way of expressing a particular thought will emerge seemingly out of...
  • EPISODE 9: One Giant Leap for Humanity
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    In the third and final installment of the Lexicon Valley series about language and gender, Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the ongoing quest for a single, more equitable alternative to “he” and “s...
  • EPISODE 8: And May He Be a Masculine Bridge
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Does talking about an object as masculine or feminine somehow cause us to think of it that way? In the second part of a Lexicon Valley series about language and gender, Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield dis...
  • EPISODE 7: When Nouns Grew Genitals
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Languages all across the world have what’s called grammatical gender, which means simply that nouns get divided up into different categories or “classes.” Sometimes those categories are called masculi...
  • EPISODE 6: A Needle Pulling Thread
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Have you noticed the seemingly stratospheric rise of the word “so” in recent years? People use it not only as a conjunction or an intensifying adverb — as in “That’s so awesome!” — but also to begin o...
  • EPISODE 5: A Meditation on Scrabble
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Does Scrabble in fact celebrate language? Or does it merely reduce English to a set of mathematical symbols and probability calculations? Mike Vuolo talks to Word Freak author and competitive Scrabble...
  • EPISODE 4: Untuning the String
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    In the early 1960s, amid a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, a burgeoning civil rights movement here at home, and a dawning countercultural revolution, America’s intellectual class was in an ut...
  • EPISODE 3: Jumpin' Salty in The O
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Kathryn Stockett’s dialogue-heavy The Help, a novel that was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie, caused a stir over whether a white writer should depict African-American English. But wait, what is Af...
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