Workplace Communications (119)

Workplace communications: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd are off the job while recording this show, but they will be talking about workplace communications.

The fourth anniversary of The Word Nerds was on March 21. (2:08)

The tone of workplace communications; workplace jargon; methods of communicating on the job (3:06)

Music bumper from “The Corner of Sacco and Vanzetti” by Shibboleth. (20:07)

Conflicts at the office; the dynamics and hierarchies of communication (20:59)

Song: “Work” by Naughty Jack (25:05)

Rude Word of the Week: “whistleblower” (28:22)

Music bumper from “I Hate My Job” by the Peach Stealing Monkeys

Socializing at work, and socializing about work (33:26)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing theme from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 43:55

size: 40.2 Mb

rating: G (Young kids can start getting ready for the world of work at an early age.)

Facebook and Social Networking (115)

Facebook and Social Networking: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd announced their status to their Facebook friends as they recorded this discussion of Facebook and other social networks.

Our experience with Facebook, and the Facebook experience in general (2:10)

Music bumper from “Social” by Charming (17:39)

The effect of Facebook on language: how we talk to each other and how we refer to aspects of the Facebook experience (18:27)

Song: “MySpace” by Joshua Grosvent (30:58)

Rude Word of the Week: “creeper” (34:45)

Music bumper from “Meant to Be” by Rob Costlow (38:52)

Facebook as the “Internet café”; and other social networks (39:31)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network and the Ioda Promonet

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing theme from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 51:01

size: 46.7 Mb

rating: R (Our amusing featured song has some rude and crude language typical of many MySpace users.)

GiantCharming
“Social” (mp3)
from “Giant”
(Charmingpop Recordings Worldwide)

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Abbrevs. & txt (113)

Abbrevs. & txt: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd try not to LOL as they talk about text messaging and abbreviations.

Howard Chang is back! The rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. (2:24)

Abbreviations throughout history: nearly as old as the Roman alphabet (at least) (3:41)

Music bumper from “The Message” by Norman Hedman’s Tropique. (16:08)

Discovering “online” language (18:03)

Song: “The Cell Phone Song” by Acres and Acres (21:42)

Rude Word of the Week: “WTF” (24:56)

Music bumper from “Cell Phone” by Times Four. (28:32)

Popular current abbreviations (29:18)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network and the Ioda Promonet

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing theme from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 41:02

size: 37.6 Mb

rating: PG-13 (Our Rude Word is an abbreviation of the big taboo, the “F-bomb.”)

RelationsTimes 4
“Cell Phone” (mp3)
from “Relations”
(Groove Tonic Media)

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Baby Talk (100)

Baby Talk: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd use their best adult vocabulary as they discuss baby talk.

Dave thanks Andy, Beverley and Jianxia for their support through the PayPal donation button. (2:00)

This is show #100. The recording date, March 21, is the third anniversary not only of The Word Nerds, but also of Schlaflos in München. (2:14)

Thanks to Blue and Cihat for emails. (3:08)

Baby talk, reflecting the circle of human life; different applications for baby talk (4:18)

Music bumper from “Little Child” by Jamie Varley. (14:35)

How babies learn to speak: Noam Chomsky’s theory of universal grammar (15:27)

Song: “Boogie Woogie Baby” by Deanna Bogart (24:28)

Rude words of the week: “baby” (28:04)

Music bumper from “Court of Greedy Kings” by Val Davis. (30:25)

Stories of our own first words, and our children’s first words (30:43)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network and Ioda Promonet

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing music from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 37:28

size: 34.3 Mb

rating: PG (Howard very briefly mentions sexual contexts for baby talk.)

New AddressDeanna Bogart
“Boogie Woogie Baby” (mp3)
from “New Address”
(Deanna Bogart)

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You RideJamie Varley
“Little Child” (mp3)
from “You Ride”
(Sota Music)

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Body Words (98)

Body Words: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd put their noses to the grindstone and go toe-to-toe in a tete-a-tete, as they talk about body words.

Dave thanks Scott and Mary for their support through the PayPal donation button. (2:05)

This topic is, of course, the theme of Charles Hodgson’s book Carnal Knowledge. It was suggested to us by Julia MacAdam. (2:32)

Idioms that use parts of the human body, from head to toe (3:43)

Music bumper from “Broken Heart” by Briareus. (18:30)

Derivatives–English words derived from Latin words for body parts (19:21)

Song: “Head Over Heels” by Emelee (23:14)

Rude word of the week: “ass-kisser” (26:43)

Music bumper from “Mandan Heartbreak Song” by Keith Bear. (29:33)

The heart and muscle memory: there may be a biological reason we think of our innermost thoughts as connected to the heart. See The Lost Arts of the Mind by Darren Bridger and The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall (30:18)

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Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing music from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 38:05

size: 34.9 Mb

rating: PG-13 (The Rude Word would get a middle-schooler sent to the office.)
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“Head Over Heels” (mp3)
from “Kiss”
(Barak Entertainment)

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“Mandan Heartbreak Song” (mp3)
from “Earthlodge”
(Makoché Music)

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Silence and Speechlessness (96)

Silence and Speechlessness: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd sit in silence for a few seconds–and then find that they have something to say after all. They explore speechlessness and silence.

We are currently somewhat speechless because of overwork. (2:02)

Speechlessness: when words fail us. (3:33)

Music bumper from “Silence” by Caitlyn Smith. (10:29)

Silence: sometimes empty, sometimes expressive (11:42)

Song: “Silence” by Shannon Hurley (19:48)

Rude words of the week: “dum-dum” (23:43)

Music bumper from “Silence Speaks” by Rhymz Suhreal. (28:16)

The silent treatment: silence as a tool, and as a weapon (29:16)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing music from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 34:11

size: 31.3 Mb

rating: G (Silence is powerful, but by itself it is usually inoffensive.)

Public Speaking (93)

Public speaking: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd sit very isolated in the Word Nerds studio, and yet speak to thousands of listeners about public speaking.

Oratory, rhetoric, and forensics (2:02)

Music bumper from “Forensic” by Nick Murray (14:29)

“Everyday” public speakers: teachers, podcasters, managers, and toasters (15:10)

Song: “Beer Toast” by Bobby Chitwood (25:43)

Rude word of the week: “rabble-rouser” (29:18)

Music bumper from “Rendered Speechless” by Briareus (34:02)

How to improve your public speaking: our humble advice (34:41)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing music from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 43:16

size: Mb 39.6

rating: PG-13 (Our featured song is an unabashed celebration of alcohol consumption.)

Small Talk (90)

Small talk: Howard Chang and Dave Shepherd, who haven’t seen each other for several months, make and discuss small talk.

We encourage you to check our our friend Charles Hodgson’s book Carnal Knowledge. (2:22)

The inspiration for this show was the book How to Talk to Anybody About Anything by Leil Lowndes. (3:21)

In response to a voice message, we explain our system of rating our shows. (7:41)

Small talk: what is it, who uses it, and when is it used? (12:18)

Music bumper from “Talks in Circles” by Threeleggeddog (21:50)

Forms of small talk, and small-talk danger zones (23:04)

Song: “We Talk About Cars” by Ric Seaberg (29:09)

Rude word of the week: “gossip” (33:48)

Music bumper from “Essence” by Evan Stone (36:33)

When speakers move beyond small talk (36:56)

Music courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network

Theme music by Kick the Cat

Closing music from “Grapes” by Evan Stone

time: 43:09

size: 39.5 Mb

rating: PG (Just a tiny hint of rudeness in our discussion.)