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Word Matters

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Word Matters

Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media

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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who's curious about the English language. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is our language.
 
We hear the term “game changer” often, but what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster, a game changer is a newly introduced element of or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. In other words, it is someone or something that has changed their environment, and potentially our world. It’s a big deal. They are a big deal. Jeff Newkirk talks to people who have done something to make this world a better place. They are working to make a significant and pr ...
 
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Machshavah Lab

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Machshavah Lab

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

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My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be div ...
 
From the creators of the LOOP, LOOPcast takes you inside the week’s top headlines and breaks down the news from a uniquely Catholic perspective. Stay informed while enjoying great conversation, good humor, and thought-provoking analysis.New shows every Thursday!
 
Rogue according to the Webster-Merriam dictionary is "a wild animal living apart from the herd" Urban dictionary: a loner who follows their own rules Maybe I just think too much, but I can't go along with so many things that are said, I am not in agreement. "I am who I am, and I owe no one an apology for it"
 
Blackthropology is a podcast/movement primarily focused on creating fun, intellectual and raw dialogue that encourages an examination of the issues, concerns and SUCCESSES within the Black community. The name clearly stems from the word “anthropology,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.” Blackthropology is a spin on the study of anthropol ...
 
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Life Lessons

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Life Lessons

Gin Stephens and Sheri Bullock

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The Life Lessons podcast focuses on a wide variety of topics designed to help us live our best lives, including life hacks, tips, how-to segments, inspirational stories, & more... and let's have some fun along the way! Gin Stephens is a retired teacher and New York Times bestselling author. Sheri Bullock has worked in healthcare for more than 26 years, is active in volunteerism, and she has always been interested in discovering the most effective life hacks to simplify her life. They are bot ...
 
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 26, 2023 is: knackered • \NAK-erd\ • adjective Knackered is an adjective mostly used informally in British English to mean “very tired or exhausted.” // Unfortunately, I was too knackered after work to join them for dinner. See the entry > Examples: “[Jonathan] Smith played world-class tennis in the Gra…
 
LOOPcast rings in the New Year with special guest Peter Wolfgang! We’re taking receipts for BOLD PREDICTIONS for 2023. Will DeSantis conquer Disney? What major media monstrosity will Musk purchase this year? Will Pope Francis still be Il Papa next Christmas? And what is the future of the Church in America? Did you know…LOOPcast is on your favorite …
 
The battle is on! CatholicVote is leading the charge to end leftist violence against Catholic churches. Media darling Fr. James Martin is shocked, shocked that Catholics expect Catholic priests to uphold (wait for it)... Catholic teaching. Based Russian Orthodox hockey player Povorov says NO to woke, while Benedict XVI speaks from beyond the grave.…
 
Synopsis: This is the audio version of the 1-page article I wrote, entitled, Bo: The Jewish Lunar Calendar as Anti-Egyptian Polemic. Rambam (Moreh 3:29) maintained that knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the ancient idolatrous nations is vital for understanding the reasons for the Torah's commandments. Here is an example. If you enjoy these …
 
This week, Gin and Sheri speak with Madhur-Nain Webster, a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in the integration of eastern and western philosophies for mental health, and the author of the book The Stressless Brain. She joins us today to offer mental health and meditation tips to help you feel more emotionally, physically and s…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 25, 2023 is: marginalia • \mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh\ • noun Marginalia is a plural noun that refers to notes or other marks written in the margins of a text, and to nonessential matters or items. // The students loved flipping through their literature textbooks to find the marginalia left behind by former st…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 24, 2023 is: balkanize • \BAWL-kuh-nyze\ • verb Balkanize is an often-capitalized verb meaning "to break up (a region, a group, etc.) into smaller and often hostile units." It can also mean "to divide or compartmentalize." // Opponents argue that the proposed legislation would only serve to Balkanize th…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 23, 2023 is: endemic • \en-DEM-ik\ • adjective Endemic means “growing or existing in a certain place or region.” It can also mean “common in a particular area or field.” // Our children were excited to finally see wild giant pandas—endemic to just three provinces in south-central China—during our family…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2023 is: short shrift • \SHORT-SHRIFT\ • noun Short shrift is most often used to mean “little or no attention or consideration.” It is also sometimes synonymous with “quick work” as in “she made short shrift of that jigsaw puzzle.” // Year-end “best of” lists can be fun to read, but because taste is…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2023 is: exacerbate • \ig-ZASS-er-bayt\ • verb Exacerbate means "to make more violent, bitter, or severe." // It seemed as though every new attempt at a solution served only to exacerbate the problem. See the entry > Examples: "If you tend to use the elliptical when you’re recovering from a running …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2023 is: vulpine • \VUL-pine\ • adjective Vulpine is a formal word that means “of, relating to, or similar to a fox.” It is also used figuratively to mean “shrewd or crafty.” // The makeup artist did an incredible job creating realistic vulpine features to complement my fox costume. See the entry > …
 
Turns out bougie Delaware garages might be hiding more than a Corvette. LOOPcast has the 411 on the Biden docs, how MLK Day has morphed (00:10:24), and a modern martyr’s final moments (00:32:41). The two Toms look at the post-Roe Congress and 50th Annual March for Life (00:17:16), before we finish off with an uncensored Twilight Zone (00:42:39). Di…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2023 is: misanthrope • \MISS-un-throhp\ • noun A misanthrope is someone who hates people in general. // I finally relented on going to the mall, which is always crowded, after my friend gently poked my arm and told me to “stop being such a misanthrope.” See the entry > Examples: “Scholars writing in…
 
This week Gin and Sheri are joined by Dana Reed, a hospice outreach manager. She has spent the past 13 years working in home healthcare and as a hospice advocate. In today’s episode, Dana shares her knowledge with us so that if we ever find ourselves in a position where we need to make a decision to call hospice for a loved one, we are better infor…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2023 is: implacable • \im-PLAK-uh-bul\ • adjective Implacable means "not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated; not placable." // It's such a breath of fresh air to watch a movie whose antagonist is not some evil, implacable villain, but a regular person who sees the error i…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 17, 2023 is: hoodwink • \HOOD-wink\ • verb Hoodwink means “to deceive or trick someone.” // The salesperson hoodwinked us into buying items that weren’t on our shopping list. See the entry > Examples: “A financial advisor’s credentials can be helpful, but beware—sometimes, less scrupulous financial advi…
 
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