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This Week's Show - Rudiments of Grammar
Show 1095 Rudiments of Grammar (9-21-14) This week's show is devoted to a discussion with Thomas Jefferson about the nature of language. President Jefferson speaks about the rules of grammar during his time, and shares his thoughts about neologism, dictionaries, Doctor Samuel Johnson and Johnson's work with the English language.
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