Word Watch

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‘Kerfuffle’ Befuddles

Friday, June 28, 2002

Can you define ‘kerfuffle’? Neither could we, until the word caused a kerfuffle at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A reporter used the word in an article, and some readers balked at seeing such an obscure word in their paper. Whatever happened to eschewing obfuscation? Bob talks to journalism writing coach Jim ...

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Arabic Words

Saturday, June 08, 2002

In the wake of 911 use of words like jihad and crusade, often loaded, have sparked heavy criticism, even protest, in America. In the Islamic world, the linguistic ambiguities of the Koran, and Arabic, in general, are being exploited in an attempt to reconcile religious and political agendas. Bob talks ...

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The T-Word

Saturday, April 13, 2002

People everywhere may be afraid of terrorists, but now journalists seem to be afraid of even using the word. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press have all ditched the t-word in reference to violence in the Middle East lately; but before Sept. 11, they had no problem ...

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World Press “Axis” Reax

Saturday, February 16, 2002

The phrase “axis of evil” has caused quite a stir since President Bush uttered it in his State of the Union Address. The supposed coalition of Iraq, Iran and North Korea made for great pundit fodder in America,but has seriously worried the foreign press. Host Bob Garfield checks in with ...

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Word Watch on Terrorism

Saturday, October 06, 2001

This week at the United Nations - a weeklong debate over a global strategy to combat terrorism. The big question - how can the world defeat an enemy it can't define? As the saying goes, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." The delegates at the U-N agreed that ...

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Word Watch: Schizo

Saturday, September 08, 2001

For the latest installment of our word watch series we examine the use of “Schizophrenic,” after we noticed that it had appeared over a hundred times in various newspapers and magazines this past week alone. Racquel Dillon reports.

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Word Watch: End of the Day

Saturday, September 01, 2001

In this installment of our ongoing series, reporter Tony Maciulis finds out when the end of the day really is.

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Word Watch: Luddite

Saturday, August 11, 2001

This week’s installment in our regular “Wordwatch” feature: “Luddite.” Brooke discovered that the word’s meaning has evolved over the last century, from violence-prone saboteur to passive technophobe.

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Word Watch: Extreme

Saturday, April 28, 2001

In the latest installment of our ongoing series, On The Media’s Tony Maciulis notes how advertisers go to extremes with the word “extreme.”

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Word Watch

Saturday, April 21, 2001

In the latest installment of OTM’s ongoing series, On The Media’s David Serchuk investigates the “evil” origins of the extra emphasis on the word “billion.”

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Word Watch

Saturday, April 14, 2001

In the latest installment of On The Media’s ongoing series, On The Media’s John Solomon takes a look at the use and abuse of “exclusive.”

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Word Watch: Urban

Saturday, February 03, 2001

In the latest installment of On the Media’s Word Watch series, reporter Tony Maciulis investigates the contemporary uses and abuses of the word urban.

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Word Watch: Love Child

Saturday, January 27, 2001

In the latest installment of On the Media’s ongoing series, reporter Tony Maciulis traces the etymological ancestry of “Love Child.”

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Word Watch: Luddite

Saturday, January 20, 2001

The latest installment in our regular “Wordwatch” feature: “Luddite.” Brooke discovered that the word’s meaning has evolved over the last century, from violence-prone saboteur to passive technophobe.

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Word Watch: End of the Day

Saturday, January 06, 2001

In the latest installment of our ongoing series, reporter Tony Maciulis finds out when the end of the day really is.

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