MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Friday, February 22nd. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.
NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. It’s time for your listener feedback.
Before we get to it, we do also use this space to correct mistakes, and I’ve got a list.
First of all, when we did this a month ago, we started with a correction about the Rams and the Super Bowl, and so we begin today with a correction about the Rams and the Super Bowl. We mistakenly referred to them as the St. Louis Rams. They are of course the LOS ANGELES Rams.
Now, another sports correction:
AUDIO: Hello, my name is Tenille Watton, and I live in Grand Junction, Colorado. My children and I we fence and I just wanted to correct Nick Eicher on how he pronounced one of the weapons used. It’s foil, saber, and epee. He said it wrong and I just my kids and I got a good laugh out of it. So I just wanted to let you know how you actually say it. Thank you very much. Bye.
Epee. Yes, yes. Touché. You know, Michael Cochrane was on the fencing team when he was in college, and he already razzed me about it. See, if it’s not hockey, I’m a little useless.
REICHARD: We got a date wrong in our story about the Day the Music Died. We should’ve said that the fatal plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson was on February 3rd, 1959.
EICHER: And we made a mistake in the news this week, reporting on the man police say murdered five colleagues at work near Chicago. We said, “How did a man with a violent criminal rap sheet have a legally purchased gun?” That weapon was not legally purchased.
REICHARD: We receive lots of comments from listeners who really appreciate what we call the bumper music. But not all the time. We received a whole lot of feedback for one judgment call we made:
AUDIO: Hi, my name is Ian. I live in Central, North Carolina. I wanted to thank for your piece about volunteering in America and specifically looking for more volunteers for the military. I served military as a National Guard member. I did want to say though. I thought the bumper music at the end was a little bit of an odd choice. Onward Christian Soldiers didn’t seem quite like the right piece to go with the story about finding more volunteers for the American military. But anyways, love the program. Keep up the great work.
EICHER: Many, many of you expressed this same view, and let’s just say, point well-taken. If we had that one to do over again, we wouldn’t have made that choice.
REICHARD: Well, let’s go back to the listener line. It’s Lizzie Kiesle. She’s a nurse and really likes our stories from the health field. She appreciated the profile of fellow nurse Melissa Weber, and the interview we had with Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and what an encouragement it was to learn of his faith.
AUDIO: I was also particularly interested in your piece on the legal proceedings against OxyContin and Purdue Pharma — for several reasons, one, because I actually now work in clinical research, and also because as a nurse, I have cared for multiple patients with addiction, and have seen the effects first-hand of the opioid crisis. Once again, thank you for all your hard work and God bless.
EICHER: Well, thank you, Lizzie, and thank you for the work you do every day. Oh, and great work thinking outside the box, and recording your comments on your iPhone and sending them that way. Sounded good!
All right. Back to our listener line at 202-709-9595.
AUDIO: Hello, this is Mark Dennard from Atlanta, Georgia. Just really enjoyed George Grant’s February 15th Wordplay, and just wanted to say that I had a wonderful an awesome English teacher in high school. I hope she was listening. She used to put the hammer down on y’all and and we would get marked off on that sometimes if we used it too much in class. But also, I think George uh left out one of the most useful parts of y’all, and that’s the plural possessive form, which is all y’all’s. There’s an enormous amount of flexibility with the plural possessive form. Thank you.
Oh, listen! We got a lot of feedback on that one, too. What a great piece by George!
One of our friends in Mississippi, Andy Chapman sent a Tweet, saying he almost fell off his horse when he heard me say “thank y’all for listening.” Andy has a magazine and website on Southern food called “Eat Y’all” — so you can imagine his surprise.
Charlie Herndon wrote in and began this way: “Bless your heart, George.”
REICHARD: And let’s just read the whole thing, because it’s just that good. He writes:
“The second person plural pronoun must be circulated among the educated elite as a replacement for politically correct silence. On global corporate conference calls where English is the spoken language, the tension rises when one begins to sense that instructions for ‘you guys’ or ‘us’ or ‘them on the call’ is imminent.
“What word will the practitioner of positional advancement choose?
“Pick the wrong phrase and the office a few rungs down the ladder (and a few floors towards the basement) is guaranteed.
“No respected elite intent on monetary reward would be so foolish as to [to say] y’all.
“Ye is even worse, weighted down with Biblical peril.
“You is like the emotive intrusion of a single finger point.
“‘You are the man,’ says Nathan to David.
“This is why Disney (and all other subcultures in the later-disease stage of advanced tolerance) instructs [its] employees to point with two fingers.
“Y’all is the perfect sharp knife to cut through all this nonsense.
“I use it often. ‘Howdy y’all’ sends the most hardened shell of a corporate board room into a fit of hand shaking and smiles.
EICHER: “And after all this … Mary ended the program with ‘thanks to each of YOU.’
“All heaven and earth waited in anticipation for Mary to say y’all! But the moment passed, and we are left with thanks at the end of a single finger point.
Charlie Herndon ends this way, as he says, to clear up that verbal occlusion.
“Bless y’all! Thanks to y’all, I enjoy hearing about the things that happen over yonder. Most world leaders are meaner than a two-headed snake. That’s no reason for us to be as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs, or get three sheets to the wind. I might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I got faith that it will all come out in the wash.
“Keep carryin’ on and tellin’ the news!”
REICHARD: Perfect! There’s no topping that. Let’s just roll the music.