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Well-Crafted Bookstore Names

Just as books at independent bookshops are carefully curated and hand-sold, the names of the stores themselves often reflect the owner’s...

To Clock Someone

Elaine from Boulder, Colorado, wonders: What’s the origin of the slang term to clock someone, meaning to hit them? This is part of a complete...

Spur of the Moment

A caller with a 25-year-old parrot wonders: How much language do birds really understand? Plus, Knock-knock. Who’s there? Boo. Well… you can...

Doozy

The term doozy (or doozie), which refers to something good or first rate, may derive from daisy, as in the flower, sometimes considered an example of...

Way Back

What do you call the rear compartment of a station wagon or minivan? Many know it as the way back (or wayback), not to be confused with the regular...