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Slang: The People's Poetry

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Michael Adams teaches English language and literature at Indiana University. He is the author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon and editor of From Elvish to Klingon. In his new book,  Slang: The People's Poetry

, Adams illuminates the fundamental question "What is Slang?" and defends slang--and all forms of nonstandard English--as integral parts of the American language.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.