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Salted and Reset

Oyez, oyez! All rise for another newsletter from "A Way with Words"!

We took another listen to an episode concerning "orient" vs. "orientate," "sockdologizing," and "my dogs are barking." Hear it again:


Martha also has whipped up another online-only minicast, this one about "joe floggers" and "so don't I." Give it a listen:


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The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is less than a month away! Neil Conan will be returning this year to do the play-by-play with Merle Reagle and Tetsuya Miyamoto, inventor of the number puzzle "KenKen," will be handing out awards. Sign up to solve with the best:


Find out more about KenKen:


Billy Baker writes in the Boston Globe about "salted," a Boston-area slang word that basically means, "owned!" or "burned!"


"Reset," meaning "start over," is the buzzword du jour in politics and business.


Best wishes,

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

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