Jersey Magazine with Jim Monaghan

Why do we butcher the English language the way we do? Check out Jim Monaghan’s interview with university linguistics professor and author Valerie Fridland.

Valerie Fridland is a professor of linguistics in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. As such, she has an amazing command of the English language. In her new book Like, Literally, Dude – Arguing For the Good In Bad English, Valerie offers a smart and VERY funny look at how each new generation finds new ways to butcher the English language.

And in the process, Valerie actually defends the very idea of how we change the English language.

Want to know where the word “dude” actually came from? What about calling someone “macaroni” from the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy” – where did THAT come from? And what about regional differences in American English? Valerie and Jim talk about all that and more.

This week on Rock & Ruff, meet Snuggles! Snuggles is such an epic dog. This 5-6 year old Terrier mix is one of the happiest dogs we have ever met. His magic tail never stops wagging!

Snuggles was left behind when his owners were moving and didn’t take him (WHAT??!) But that didn’t get him down. Snuggles loves everyone he meets, is gentle, calm, loves attention, belly rubs, pets and bonds very quickly with new people.

HE IS SO FRIENDLY! This guy is a gem that also loves his toys and car rides.

If you would like more info on Snuggles please reach out to the Randolph Regional Animal Shelter and our good friend Sunny at Randolph Regional Animal Shelter who would be happy to set up a meet and greet, foster to adopt or adoption for this deserving boy who stole our hearts at WDHA.

COACH SHEETS’ RIDE INJeremy Sheetinger is the head baseball coach at Georgia Gwinnett College where he led the Grizz Gang to the 2021 NAIA National Championship. His weekly “fire me up” tweet every Thursday may, on the surface, be geared toward his fellow baseball coaches, but his motivational message can easily be applied to the classroom, workplace, and your personal relationships. This morning, Coach Sheets asks us what value are we bringing to our team, our organization, our family?

Looking for something fun to do in the area? Chris Swendeman has you covered with this week’s Local Look.

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