Host Patty Peltekos speaks with Kory Stamper, former dictionary editor and author of Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Joined in the studio by Kathy Hoveland, they talk about the magic of dictionaries, and answer particular listener comments such as: the Midwestern dialect, the use of the phrase “so what?,” Latin vs. Germanic origin, and the African-American dialect.
About A Public Affair
A Public Affair is WORT's daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.