Why do Auctioneers talk so fast… and why is a lone “I” capitalized?

Last updated on Feb 27, 2013

Posted on Feb 27, 2013

A very interesting episode for “A way with Words”, where the hosts discuss some interesting topics, including Why the Auctioneers talk so fast?

Why do auctioneers talk so fast? Martha and Grant discuss the rapid-fire speech of auctioneers, and how it gets you to bid higher. Also, why so many books have ridiculously long titles, where you’d have sonker for dessert, and an appreciation of that children’s classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Plus, “different from” vs. “different than,” the origin of suss out, words that apparently entered English in 1937, and the many names for those little gray bugs that roll up into a ball.

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