Hey, look: there are three brand-new episodes to tell you about! Each includes a few rounds of devious word puzzles cooked up by our quiz guy John Chaneski, as well as:

Last weekend, “Secret Gibberish”:

  • piggyback
  • gibberish
  • the pronunciation of “pecan”
  • why English doesn’t have an official language academy
  • the expression “hold ’er, Newt!”
  • lots more!

Two weekends ago, “By Jingo!”:

  • the expression “doesn’t know fatmeat is greasy”
  • verbing nouns
  • more on creaky voice
  • symbols for cartoon profanity
  • grass widows
  • by jingo!
  • lots more!

Three weekends ago, “Like a Boss”:

  • the hip-hop roots of the catchphrase “like a boss.”
  • old-timey similes like “large as life and twice as natural.”
  • infra dig
  • witches’ knickers
  • lots more!

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A little fun and enlightenment we’ve found on the Internet:

• The hilarious mispronunciation of words, via Jason Kottke.

• A peppy song about vowels. A sure mood-lifter!

• As we discussed in a past episode, it’s hard to understand some sports because the special lingo is so thick.

• The slow death of the signature, from The Atlantic.

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Sincerely yours,

Martha and Grant

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