Check your colon!

Peter from San Francisco, CA writes –

“I just wanted to let you know that one of the reasons I finally got off my ass (so to speak) and got a colonoscopy was hearing Says You memorialize Richard Sher. I’m almost 51 and had put it off. In the end it wasn’t too bad (the prep is the worst) and I got a clean and reassuring bill of health (at least down there). Thanks for using your soapbox well and I too miss hearing Richard Sher on Air.”


Thank you for writing in and making the Says You! team proud! We’re so glad our message was received and hope many more listeners did the same as Peter.

A nit to pick about the coot

Kay from Austin, TX writes –

“A nit to pick re your bird related definitions/derivations from Port Washington/Chimacum. The coot isn’t bald, i.e., a featherless spot on its forehead. It simply has the appearance of baldness thanks to the white feathers there. The same rationale is why our national avian symbol is the bald eagle.”

We like nit pickers here at Says You!  It keeps us and our listeners on their toes.

“Bald” has two meanings: having white feathers/hairs on the head (e.g., the bald eagle) and actually lacking feathers/hairs on at least a portion of the head (e.g., the coot).
All of that was in the script but didn’t make it into the show.


We do thank you for your eagle eyes or perhaps in this case “ears” for catching something worth revisiting with our listeners.

Memory from listening at home

Riley from Billings, MT writes –

“I remember almost every trip we took out to my dads hometown, Big Timber MT, my dad would always tune to NPR. We would have fun listening to shows like Prairie Home Companion, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk, and one of my favorites, Says You! Anytime I listened to the show I always learned something new and always had fun competing with my family over what definition was actually real! It saddened me the day I found out that Richard had passed, and am thankful for the laughs and interesting new words I’ve learned from the show. Thanks for it all.”


Thank you for reflecting on your fond memories of family and your time spent listening to Says You! We couldn’t do it without listeners like you.

Make with the lost episodes

John from Cincinnati writes –

“I am moved to write this, finally, after many happy years as a listener. Allow me to begin with this sentiment: I love Richard Sher. He lives on my stereo, as I stream old episodes daily, often more than one in an evening, always including one of his. I find his voice, and those of the regulars to be a great comfort, and even a sort of anchor in the madness of modern life. Their various wits and friendly, gentle tones return me to a wholesome, academic root, bringing back familiar feelings of growing up a professor’s kid. Yeah, whatever, dreck and nostalgia yada yada yada. You love it too.
So, soak in that, and as Richard might say, “make with the lost episodes!”. There are seasons worth of material I could be lost in. There are others like me, and we would pay actual money for the archives.
Anyway, thanks for all the good times, and great radio.”

Words do evoke so much – yours managed to touch so many of us here.  The archive has been rebuilt and is about to go up and go live.  Hang in just a little longer.


A Scallywag Who

Sam from Inland Empire, CA writes –
“The round with Richard S. discusses definitions and derivations, and specifically “carpetbagger”. Richard says “a scallywag who …” and one of the panelists asks where did that come from and somebody else says “next week’s show.” I don’t know if you ever did, but it sent me scurrying to Wikipedia, which claims ‘scallywag’ also has civil war origins. If the word has not already made it in to a round of definitions and derivations, I suggest adding it — and noting the connection back to Richard and ‘carpetbagger’!
We did locate the ‘scallywag’ round from our earlier years Show 710, Round 1, Question 3. Thank you for taking us down memory lane.
SY-710 R1 Q3

‘Becoming Dr. Seuss’

Laurie from Lebanon, NH writes –

“Why did you accept Dr. Seuss as the author of the books instead of requiring Theodore Geisel when you asked for the real name of Lemony Snicket?”

For all of you Seuss fans

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What’s New with Says You!

Says You! recently returned from Seattle with all new episodes and great press. We are now planning our fall 2019/2020 season. Listen to our new episodes Comeback at Sea-Tac and Quips from Quimper 2019
pictured above is Murray Horwitz, Gregg Porter and Deb Hiett
In addition to our live shows we’ve been featured in print in the Pacific Northwest, featured in the Seattle Times view here and on television in the Northeast, featured on WCVB’s Chronicle watch the segment here.