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Is It Okay To Be A Word Nerd?


Earlier this year a shy, young girl asked us, "Is it okay to be a word nerd?"

We were onstage at the end of a live event to support a scrappy literacy organization that's making a difference in the lives of people in Dallas, Texas.

Our answer to Courtney? "Of course it's okay to be a word nerd!" There we all were, in fact, 800 word nerds in a big hall, having a blast together.

On air and off, it takes a lot of doing to bring language-lovers together to delight in our shared interests, and to support reading, writing, literacy, and an appreciation for a good turn of phrase.

We're determined to give you and people like Courtney hours of smart conversation that feeds your limitless intellectual curiosity. So give now to support the radio show. It's yours and ours.

Together, we're changing the way the world thinks and talks about speaking and writing.

Your help makes that possible. Take a moment and donate today.

With all of our thanks,

   &     

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett,
co-hosts of A Way with Words




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