Writing (117)

Writing: Barbara Shepherd and Dave Shepherd glance down at their written notes–albeit not handwritten–as they talk about writing.

Thanks to Kay Horst S., Jeff O., Kate S., Margaret C., and an anonymous friend for donations through the PayPal button. Thanks as well to Alan H., who sent us the link to the BBC news article that inspired this edition. (2:12)

Writing through history; how are different generations taught to write? We talk about thoughts on this topic from the following sources: the BBC and scaredmonkeys.com. (3:09)

Music bumper from “Edgar Meyer Winter” by Shibboleth (14:19)

Calligraphy: the art of writing (16:02)

Song: “So I’m Writing” by Geoff Smith (20:49)

Rude Word of the Week: “chicken scratch” (25:47)

Music bumper from “Melancolica” by the Mauricio Cuburu. (30:38)

Handwriting today and the effects of technological innovation (31:20)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing theme from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 44:57

size: 41.2 Mb

rating: G (We hope to inspire some young listeners to write a handwritten note to somebody sometimes.)

7 thoughts on “Writing (117)

  1. Man, Anne-Man! You hit the nail on the head! Nice review.
    “The Word Nerds is more than a light show about ‘language and why we say the things we do’. It is also an example of a good amateur podcast. Apart from the excellent dialog the show is an example of good balance between sections, between talk and music, good audio quality and an altogether pleasant atmosphere that makes one connect to a show.”

    Have to get back to work. Will listen to #117 soon and comment later, gators! Alan

  2. Dave, I’d say that “reißen” is not a good translation for “to scratch”. More accurate would be “ritzen” and you’d still have your connection to “write”.

  3. Dave. You mention that your Moleskine+Pen accessory is “old-school”. Rest assured that paper notes are almost de rigeur among web2.0 people and other digerati (just search for ‘moleskine’ on 43folders.com and you’ll get an idea of what i mean). In fact it is so fashionable that Moleskine has some competition now (http://fieldnotesbrand.com/)

    Cheers and keep up the great work


  4. Dave,

    You went through the etymology of the word “to write” which came from a proto-Germanic word to mean “to scratch”, and described how many modern European languages use a word that stem from a word in Latin, “scribere”. I noticed that the word “scribble” is a word that is synonymous to “to write” that stems from the same Latin as well, but has now a negative(?) connotation.

    This leads me to suggest a topic that maybe you’d be interested in – the etymology of words and the development of languages. Perhaps you could describe how so many modern languages are related to one another, and how some seem totally isolated (Basque, Korean, Japanese, Albanian?).

    Thanks for the fun show.


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