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Working Code Podcast – Episode 136: Do Words Matter?

Ben Nadel
Published: July 19, 2023

Words aren’t just the tools that we use to describe the world around us – they are rich layers of abstraction that carry our cultural histories, our education, and our social norms on their shoulders. When we have a shared understanding of a what a word or turn-of-phrase means, our ability to communicate with each other is robust and unparalleled. But, when our differences our great, we end up talking past each other. Words aren’t just effective, they’re magical. Take, for example, a simple analogy: “It’s the movie JAWS, but with cats!” – this will immediately conjure up entire worlds within the mind of the listener. So, do words matter? You bet your donkey they do!

All that and more on this week’s show:

… featuring these beautiful, beautiful people:

With audio editing and engineering by ZCross Media.

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