Euphemisms

STATE OF AFFAIRS 01/04/11: Whether we’re over the hill, under the weather, in the soup, or out to lunch, we love euphemisms! We use them everyday to stand in for the taboo; softening, often with a laugh, topics difficult, embarrassing, or personal. Join us and our guest Ralph Keyes, author of the book Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, as we tour colorful expressions people play with every time they talk.  Listen to the Show

Um… Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders

If you listen to a recording of yourself speaking, you might be surprised at how many times you say, “um,” and, “uh.” Hopefully you wouldn’t hear yourself utter something like, “misunderestimate,” or, “like such as in South Africa, and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as.” Verbal missteps are the subject of Michael Erard’s new book, “Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean.” Listen to the Show