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Instantly vs. Instantaneously

Quick, which is faster? Something that happens instantly or that happens instantaneously? A caller wants to know if there’s any difference between the two. This is part of a complete episode.

Break a Leg

A Brazilian has been researching why actors use the unlikely expression “break a leg” to wish each other well before going on stage. He suspects it’s a borrowing of a German phrase that means, “May you break your neck and...


A caller who lived in the Bay Area during the 1960s remembers using the word loosecap to describe someone who’s “not playing with a full deck.” He wonders if he and his friends are the only ones to use it, as in, “Don’t...

Dance at Two Weddings

This week’s “Slang This!” contestant tries to decipher the slang phrases dance at two weddings and put the big pot in the little pot. She also shares her own favorite slang terms for crumb crusher, rug rat and ankle biter. By the...

Indian Giver

A caller fears that the term Indian giver is politically incorrect, and wants an alternative to teach her children. This is part of a complete episode.

Etymology of Campus

A Princeton University student wonders if his school can lay claim to being the first to apply the Latin word campus to the grounds of an institution of higher learning. This is part of a complete episode.