2008 Words of the Year

When we look back at 2008 we will surely remember prominent words and phrases like “change”, “maverick”, and “bailout” that frequently stole the headlines. Other buzzwords of 2008, such as “Car Czar” and “staycation” may or may not stick with us, but that doesn’t diminish their importance or application to our lives this past year. What words or phrases do you think best characterize the year 2008? 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