If you’re single but tagging along on someone else’s date, you might be described as a “fifth wheel,” a term that goes back to Thomas Jefferson’s day. Not until much later, after the bicycle had been invented, the term “third wheel” started becoming more common. This is part of a complete episode.
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- Stay Woke 01/02/2017: The slang term woke, as in stay woke, arose among African-Americans to refer to being aware of social injustice or racism, and then doing something... [more]
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- Mmm-Bye 01/02/2017: Listeners respond to our earlier conversation about ending a telephone call with mmm-bye. This is part of a complete episode. ... [more]