Rina Miller http://michiganradio.org en Various pronunciations of common words http://michiganradio.org/post/various-pronunciations-common-words <p>You say potato and I say ... well, that depends.</p><p>On this week's edition of That's What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan investigate the &nbsp;various pronunciation of commonly used words.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18244 at http://michiganradio.org Various pronunciations of common words The difference between 'one-off' and 'one of a kind' http://michiganradio.org/post/difference-between-one-and-one-kind <p>The expression 'one off' is not a one of a kind expression.</p><p>This week on <em>That's What They Say</em>, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan inquire about the concept of 'one off' and its origins.</p><p>According to Curzan, 'one off' first shows up in 1934, and it means 'made or done as only one of its kind', and it's not repeated - it's a one-off product, a one-off event. Its origins are British, but has been in use in American English since the 1980s.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Anne Curzan & Rina Miller 18064 at http://michiganradio.org The difference between 'one-off' and 'one of a kind' Commonly used baseball expressions in everyday talk http://michiganradio.org/post/commonly-used-baseball-expressions-everyday-talk <p>Play ball!</p><p>Even when we are not talking about baseball, we are often using the language of baseball.</p><p>On this week's edition of <em>That's What They Say</em>, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan&nbsp;explore baseball terminology and the expressions that are commonly used, even though the reference may have nothing to do with baseball.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Anne Curzan & Rina Miller 18063 at http://michiganradio.org Commonly used baseball expressions in everyday talk Salutations and closings in the digital age http://michiganradio.org/post/salutations-and-closings-digital-age <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greetings!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In emails and letters, we address a lot of people who are not dear to us as<br />"dear."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this weekend’s edition of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s What They Say</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, host </span>Rina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miller talks with University of Michigan English Professor Anne </span>Curzan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about greetings and closings used in the age of the email.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:14:11 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 17802 at http://michiganradio.org Salutations and closings in the digital age Lessenberry says it was a week of sad triumph of the absurd http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-says-it-was-week-sad-triumph-absurd <p></p><p></p><p>This Week in Review, Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss three failures of the week: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-fail-come-plan-fix-roads-will-try-again-later">roads funding</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds">Head Start in Detroit</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/no-goats-allowed-detroit-shuts-down-farms-efforts-rid-brightmoor-blight">goats </a>in the Motor City.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17991 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry says it was a week of sad triumph of the absurd A guide to expressions of caution and disapproval http://michiganradio.org/post/guide-expressions-caution-and-disapproval <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heads Up!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sometimes we’re warned to watch our head, but when you think about it, that&nbsp;doesn't&nbsp;seem physically possible.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How can you watch your head?</span></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 17782 at http://michiganradio.org A guide to expressions of caution and disapproval The week in review: GM, a grand bargain, and pothole limbo http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-gm-grand-bargain-and-pothole-limbo <p></p><p>This&nbsp;<em>Week in Review,&nbsp;</em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss General Motor's CEO <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-says-pattern-incompetence-and-neglect-led-ignition-switch-debacle">Mary Barra's response </a>to the investigation of the faulty ignition&nbsp;switch recalls, what happens now for Detroit after the state agreed to give the city <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization">$195</a>&nbsp;million, and an update on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-about-fixing-michigan-roads">road funding</a>.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17893 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: GM, a grand bargain, and pothole limbo Fashionable words falling out of style http://michiganradio.org/post/fashionable-words-falling-out-style <p></p><p></p><p>Fuddy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>duddy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you use the word </span>‘fuddy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>duddy’<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, young people might just think you are one.</span></p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom, Anne Curzan & Rina Miller 17680 at http://michiganradio.org Fashionable words falling out of style The week in review: Updates on Detroit bankruptcy, and the roads http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-updates-detroit-bankruptcy-and-roads <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/koch-brothers-group-tries-derail-detroit-bankruptcy-deal">political push back from the Koch brothers</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/jpmorgan-comes-detroit-100m-plan-and-gets-warm-welcome">money from JPMorgan Chase</a>, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-democrats-do-not-support-plan-fix-roads">ongoing debate about Michigan's crummy and crumbling roads. </a></p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 24 May 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17735 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Updates on Detroit bankruptcy, and the roads The apostrophe: its rules and why it’s confusing http://michiganradio.org/post/apostrophe-its-rules-and-why-it-s-confusing <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many writers get tripped up about when the word “its” has an apostrophe and when it does not.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week’s edition of&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s What They Say</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, host </span>Rina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne </span>Curzan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discuss the oftentimes confusing placement of the apostrophe.</span></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom, Anne Curzan & Rina Miller 17561 at http://michiganradio.org The apostrophe: its rules and why it’s confusing The week's headlines include Detroit bankruptcy, state budget and saliva tests http://michiganradio.org/post/weeks-headlines-include-detroit-bankruptcy-state-budget-and-saliva-tests <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss how the state might kick in about $200 million from its rainy day fund for the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-plan-would-put-city-s-finances-under-board-supervision"> Detroit bankruptcy</a> settlement, an update on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-move-complete-budget-early-june">state budget</a>, and what might or might not happen with proposed roadside <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-could-be-first-state-test-driving-while-under-influence-marijuana">saliva tests</a> for marijuana.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17543 at http://michiganradio.org The week's headlines include Detroit bankruptcy, state budget and saliva tests The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-32 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss the latest with the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/you-don-t-want-play-poker-kevyn-orr"> Detroit bankruptcy</a>,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-begins-debate-over-500-million-road-funding-plan"> road funding</a> and the state's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/1-3-michiganders-are-seriously-underwater-their-homes">foreclosure rate</a>.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17279 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-31 <p> This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bondholders-will-be-paid-74-cents-dollar-working-women-can-relate">the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy</a>, the continuing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem">controversies over the General Motors recall</a>, and the money problems involving the charter school system running <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-school-system-continues-its-struggle-meet-payroll-asks-state-more-money">Muskegon Heights schools</a>.</p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17206 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review You’re 'in-' for some confusion with prefixes http://michiganradio.org/post/you-re-some-confusion-prefixes <p>If something is inflammable, it is no longer entirely clear whether we can set it on fire, or we can’t.</p><p>On this week’s edition of <em>That’s What They Say</em>, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor <a href="http://www-personal.umich.edu/~acurzan/">Anne Curzan</a> take on the prefix “in-.”</p><p>There are two types of “in-” prefixes, and although they sound the same, they have different meanings. The first “in-” means “in or into,” like the examples <em>income</em> and <em>inland</em>. The second “in-” means “not,” as in the words <em>inedible </em>or <em>incomprehensible. </em></p><p>The term <em>inflammable</em> uses the “in or into” meaning of the prefix. Consequently, something that is <em>inflammable </em>can be put into flame.</p><p>However, the prefix has caused some confusion.</p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 16821 at http://michiganradio.org You’re 'in-' for some confusion with prefixes The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-30 <p>This <em>Week in Review</em> Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/john-dingell-leaving-under-his-own-terms">John Dingell</a> leaving congress and his<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-debbie-dingell-run-her-husbands-seat-congress"> wife</a> being a front runner for the seat, the debate over <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage">same-sex marriage</a> in Michigan, and a proposal to make sure Michiganders are taxes for internet sales.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:13:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 16659 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review What you need to know about Detroit's bankruptcy adjustment plan http://michiganradio.org/post/what-you-need-know-about-detroits-bankruptcy-adjustment-plan <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit's emergency manager,&nbsp;</span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Orr, has filed a plan to restructure the city's $18 billion debt.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div><p>The plan makes cuts to pensioners and creditors while offering a blueprint for the city to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.&nbsp;</p><p>The plan was filed today in federal bankruptcy court.</p><p>What are the main things we should know about the plan?&nbsp;Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor at the Detroit Free Press, spoke with&nbsp;Rina&nbsp;Miller.</p></div><div> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:58:34 +0000 Rina Miller & The Associated Press 16554 at http://michiganradio.org What you need to know about Detroit's bankruptcy adjustment plan Lessenberry talks money, politics and potholes http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-money-politics-and-potholes <p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Weekend Edition host Rina Miller talk about potholes in Michigan, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-budget-chief-leaves-academia">departure of the state budget director</a>, and cuts to employees in Wayne County.</p><p>Click on the link below to listen to the interview</p><p></p><p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:42:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 16450 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks money, politics and potholes The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-29 <p></p><p>In this <em>Week in Review, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller talk about the state's budget surplus and what lawmakers want to do with taxes, how Michigan could lose a seat in Congress because of a loss in population, and a bill to encourage employers to hire parolees.</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 15971 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Snow sweeps through Michigan; icy blast on its way http://michiganradio.org/post/snow-sweeps-through-michigan-icy-blast-its-way <div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"></div><div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">A massive snowstorm is moving through Michigan today, making travel hazardous. &nbsp;</span></font></div><div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Michigan State Police say road conditions throughout the state are snowy, slushy, icy and dangerous.</span></font></div><div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div align="left" style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Driving is one thing, but how about flying?</span></div><p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 20:03:47 +0000 Rina Miller 15885 at http://michiganradio.org Snow sweeps through Michigan; icy blast on its way This weekend's weather: snow, shovel, repeat http://michiganradio.org/post/weekends-weather-snow-shovel-repeat <p>If you like what we've been having, you're going to love the weather forecast.</p><p>Temperatures will be more tolerable than the single-digit temperatures we've had for the past several days, with highs in the low 30s&nbsp; today (Saturday). But the reprieve will be short lived: A winter weather advisory will be in effect for West Michigan from 4 p.m. today until early Monday morning. Snow totals could range from 3 to 6 inches.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 14:42:41 +0000 Rina Miller 15877 at http://michiganradio.org