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.
Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett