Word!

October 23, 2005

Judicial activist. Neo-con. Partial birth abortion. Pro-choice. Collateral damage. Just words, right? Well, we all know that words have power. Some words can even take on a life of their own. In this hour of the 2005 Peabody award-winning To The Best Of Our Knowledge we’ll take a closer look at the hidden life of words. From White House jargon to hip hop jive. And, the Alpha and Omega of all dictionaries - God’s dictionary.

  1. Susan Corso on "God's Dictionary"

    Susan Corso is the author of “God’s Dictionary: Divine Definitions for Everyday Enlightenment.” She tells Jim Fleming about spiritual etymology and how she interprets the root meanings of words to come up with her definitions.

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  2. George Lakoff on "Don't Think of an Elephant"

    Political scientist and linguist George Lakoff thinks that Conservatives have devoted a lot of thought, care and money to developing a rhetoric that advances their social agenda.

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  3. Tom Shimura as Lyrics Born

    Charle Monroe Kane talks with Japanese-American rapper Tom Shimura, a.k.a. Lyrics Born, who’s the founder of Quannum Records.

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  4. Ed Young on "Beyond the Great Mountain"

    Ed Young says that even basic literacy in Chinese requires memorizing 4,000 characters.

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  5. Christopher Moore on "The Most Intriguing Words around the World"

     Christopher Moore talks about untranslatable words.

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