Reviews For A Way with Words: language, linguistics, and callers from all over

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I think grant and Martha are very good people, I can’t even imagine how great it would be to be friends with the nicest linguists ever😁🤗 It’s also very cool to hear about all these old family sayings from all around the world 🤗😁🤩👍
Pleasant interplay between the hosts and callers, fascinating dives into slang, family sayings and history.
I love listening to these two! They share so many interesting tidbits concerning “sayings” I have heard all of my life but had no idea what the origin was. If you have something you have heard from your parents or grandparents and want to know more about you can call Grant and Martha and ask!
I mostly listen because of the great LGBTQ propaganda. This is probable not a selling point for the small minded and fearful, so the show is not really for everyone. And they also have some fascinating discussions on the etymology of words and phrases.
I have listened to almost all the podcast episodes. My only complaint is the insertion of LGBTQ propaganda on occasion. That keeps me from sharing it with others.
So one day in the car my mom forced me to listen to this and I LOVE it I love listening to this stuff at night is so amazing!!
I love listening to this podcast, it feels very much like the radio of earlier times. I would love to hear you discuss the current usage of personal pronouns, with some historical context. I understand that there have been many changes of pronoun usage in English. Thank you!
This show is delightful and very accessible. They don’t make value judgements on language and praise regional and cultural variability. I was really surprised when reading negative reviews. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like this show at least a little bit probably doesn’t find any joy in anything.
I finally had to jump through the hoops to set up a i-tunes account *shudder* so I can thank A Way with Words in this small way. It's such a fun podcast and a great way to learn fascinating things about this language I've been speaking for decades. This is one of the dozen podcasts that has a permanent spot in my list of subscriptions. Thank you Martha, Grant, & all of your team!
If you want to know origins of cutesy words or regional phrases, here’s the show for you. If they bore you to tears, (and that phrase annoys you), listen to Lexicon Valley with John McWhorter. He’s wickedly intelligent, and actually addresses the sh I t t y, gritty reality of language.
Podcasts are the standard now. Radio shows should not be put on here as podcasts because they aren't podcasts. Podcast hosts curate well researched topics based on the fact that they will be interesting. Radio shows relying on listener questions are by their nature not curated at all, and are just a lazy (and free) way to generate content. Let's just call this what it is; a series of phone calls between people in a studio and the people they trick into donating content to the show. Most of the podcast by volume is the hosts telling the audience how to get in touch with them and then having a pleasant exchange with the listener before the user asks their question. Then there is an unsatisfyingly short, simple answer to their usually very simple question. As a result, only like 20 seconds of each phone call is actually informative. A real podcast is written by professionals in order to teach me things I don’t have time to find out. I want to sit in my room and be shot with a firehose of new information and instead what I got was a 5 mile hike to a soggy anecdote lying in a puddle and a 5 mile hike back.
Just beautiful!
This podcast has been so informative & helpful for me as I wade through my many health problems and diagnoses as well as my multitude of symptoms which I haven’t ever discussed with my health provider. I’m so glad these women have put together a podcast that helps to guide me on the path to greater health! I hope it continues a long time. I have listened to all the episodes & hope they keep producing more for years to come!
This self-declared word nerd tried sticking with it, but Grant is perhaps unintentionally but frequently condescending to Martha or callers.
I enjoy A Way With Words so much, I sent them $20 twice, and will do that again soon. Fascinating stuff about the language I speak and write.
Best podcast, ever! I mean, ever! Look it up! I could listen to this until my ears fall off. Grant and Martha, are the best and most engaged hosts. If there was 6 stars available I’d give them 7!
It kept me amused while on the way too and from a trip to try a horse Tallahassee to South Carolina and I miss being in the car with my mom listening to it I still listen to it I’ve learned from it and got the pony it’s a win win five stars great it’s funny calming and helps me sleep I love it
This is my absolute favorite podcast. I just love the topics as well as Martha and Grant! They are so kind and considerate to callers and so informative.
I love this podcast so much that I’ve been binge listening for two days. I’m a total word nerd and thoroughly enjoy learning about word origins and random pithy sayings. The hosts are low key yet engaging. They know their stuff but don’t lord it over you. I learn something new with every single episode. I usually loathe call-in shows but this one doesn’t annoy me at all. Someday I may even call in.
I love the subject matter, and the hosts are so thoughtful and genial. A truly pleasant hour spent.
What??? Etymology and linguistics can be fun? Martha an Grant are at once entertaining and edifying. "Way" is my number one listening choice in my wood shop and as I travel.
You guys are the best
A really fun, casual podcast that can be enjoyed by several generations trapped in a car together on a long road trip.
I used to not really care for words but when I listened to this show I learned about the amazing world of words. I would recommend this for everyone. Definitely my favorite podcast.
I’ve caught the show on NPR a few times and find it absolutely fascinating. I love words and these two have found a really good formula to talk about modern use of language.
I’m Iraqi citizen, I learn English language as a foreign language , so this podcast amazing , thank for amazing job 😘
Fun, friendly, and so informative. Don’t miss this podcast. You will become a fan and listener.
One of the two podcasts I look forward to every week. I dabble in others but never miss an episode of this one! Just love it!
The host’s pretense is only matched by their faux-erudite knowledge of seemingly all words in the language and obscure regional phrases. This is what it would be like to listen to Wikipedia talk to itself while pretending to be human. Shamelessly egotistical and exceptionally dull and inauthentic drivel.
A joy to listen too.
This is a solid show, where else might you turn to for the occasional lexicographic advice. That said, in the show there remains unresolved tension between the respect for: dialects, jargon, literary license; and the proscriptive advice given to non-apparent listeners. Grant and Martha have made a clear choice, the show is a niche show with a narrowly defined audience. The show is no “Car Talk” for language. Instead it is just another platform for the “true” audience of donors. As one who works with language I find the show useful, I also find the exclusive proscriptions more somber than fun. This is not a show that will allow you to relax.
This is probably the most satisfying podcast I listen to. For someone like me always wondering why we say what we say and getting angry when people don’t even know the meaning of the words and phrases they use this podcast is incredible. I have listened to 95 different podcast and read the description on 135 and this podcast is in my top three. Also I got to be on an episode so that was super fun, first podcast I have ever been on. The host are very pleasant to listen to and provide relevant, well researched information in a pleasing fashion.
I love this podcast and it is what I watch all the time I also recently got the ho or to be on this amazing podcast and I think the hosts are witty and very smart and the quiz guy is awesome and he comes up with amazing quizzes I love this podcast soooo much!!!! <3
Always entertaining and interesting and a fun way to learn about language
Grant and Martha are the smartest kindest most well informed hosts in the world of radio. If you can get past the dorky, somewhat campy, style of radio you will love the information and insight they have to offer. 6 stars.
I LOVE this podcast! I learn so much! The hosts are engaging, fun , thoughtful and very knowledgeable! I want to invite them over for dinner with my family!
A wonderfully produced, family friendly podcast. Great for "anytime" listening and highly recommendable!
This is far and away my favorite podcast. To me this is what podcasting is about. Two people passionate about their subject, funny and approachable. I come away from every show feeling as though I understand the world a little bit better than I did the day before A must for anyone that speaks any language!
Great listening that is interesting without being emotionally taxing.


One of my favorites!
For a writer, word nerd, and all around fan of Language like me, this is the podcast for me. I listen to episodes over and over again trying to get some of the words to sink in and Martha and Grant are such wonderful souls to have in my ear during my commute. Listen and fund them!
I love learning the origins of words and also the origins of phrases that I have heard my family use for years. I like the segments where they discuss language that is specific to certain professions.
This show is the most consistently pleasant show out there. At night when it's dark and I'm scared of everything I turn it on to feel safe.
Love the chance to learn about language every week.
Always interesting, informative and highly entertaining. So many questions I've had about English have been answered on this podcast!
I truly admire the work and effort put into this podcast. The hosts are obviously professionals in their particular fields as well as in their abilities to deal with the extremely diverse population of listeners. They are sensitive and civil; informative and empathetic. It is so refreshing to hear a podcast which attracts the interest of every point in this universe. Well done! I'm ready to donate!
Goofy, nerdy, smart, fun and educational. I always learn something new and it makes me wonder about sayings or words during my day.
In the past week, I've been binge-listening to episodes of A Way With Words. I don't know what I'll do when I'm out of episodes; I'll have to wait for new ones like a plebe! This is one of my new favorite podcasts. Martha and Grant are my heroes.