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  • The origins of many of Iowa's town and city names are obvious: Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Fort Dodge. But what about places like What Cheer,…
  • We all use adjectives to describe things and the world around us, for example: "look at that speedy little red car!" or "look the beautiful clear blue…
  • English is a living language, which means that we're constantly coming up with both new words and new ways to use old words. While the fundamentals of…
  • Whether you’re a Johnny-come-lately, a Jack of all trades, or a Tom, Dick and Harry, you’ve likely encountered idioms like these. On this edition of Talk…
  • The Oxford Dictionaries declared "youthquake" as its Word of the Year for 2017, although we found out that it was  originally coined in about 1965 by the…
  • It might seem as though the definitions of words are etched in stone, never to be changed. But language is fluid.  On this Talk of Iowa, host…
  • Baby names tend to peak in popularity, and then decline over the following years. According to the Social Security Administration, none of the top ten…
  • There is no single authority on single and plural pronouns, but our regular grammar expert always has practical advice.  In this Talk of Iowa, host…
  • If you've spent time touring Iowa, you've noticed signs for towns like What Cheer, Des Moines and Maquoketa. You've also probably seen signs for rivers…
  • Moccasin, chipmunk, hickory--many words from Native American languages have morphed into words we use in modern American English. English language expert…
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