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<font color=#FF0000>NEXT WORDMASTER on January 8, 2004</font> - 2003-12-18

Hi there! We'll start 2004 with our January tradition, "The Ballad of Palindrome." This comedy sketch by the group Riders in the Sky is about a cowboy with an unusual speech habit. Everything he says is the same spelled backwards or forwards.

Also in January, get some advice from English teacher Lida Baker about how to learn phrasal verbs. As for their reputation of being difficult to learn, Lida says: "That's a myth."

And we'll check in with Slangman David Burke.

Best wishes to all our friends around the world, thanks for listening -- and we'll see you all back here soon!

Avi & Rosanne

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