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Exchange Exemplar: How Our Language Evolves


The way we use language today is not the same as a couple of generations ago.  If we used the word "cool" to describe something interesting to our great-grandparents, they probably would have wondered what caused the chilling. 

Linguist/teacher/author John McWhorter makes the case that the English language is resilient, and that is why it changes over time.  His most recent book on the subject is Words on the Move.  John McWhorter joined us in 2016 for this interview, and we return to it here. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.