If there is a single thing that a candidate for president does more than anything else, it might be talking. There are appearances at fundraisers, stump speeches, interviews on television and debates—and that is just what he or she is doing in public. And despite the fact that so many words are used, they are certainly never taken for granted. In fact, campaigns spend hour upon hour carefully crafting each messages with words and phrases that they hope will resonate just right with voters. 

So is there something to be learned about the candidates, about the tenor of campaign, about the mood of the electorate by carefully examining the words that are being used? Could it even give us some insight into which way voters are leaning just days before we all head to the polls? If there is one man on the planet who could help us answer those questions, it's Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski.  He joined us today on BPR to discuss.

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