Springtime is the right time to feel twitterpated—you know, you’re smitten beyond a crush. Speaking of relationships, are dog owners really owners, or should they call themselves something else, like guardian or human? And if you’re up for a challenge, some adult spelling bee words, including ostreiform and langlauf. Plus, ollie ollie oxen free, toad-strangling rain, zugzwang, canceled vs. cancelled, and how to pronounce herbal, hyperbole, and inchoate. This episode first aired March 29, 2014.
Springtime is the right time to feel twitterpated. That is, smitten like a nutty, twittering bird.
When it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it’s called a toad-strangler. Depending on what part of the U.S. you’re from, you might also call it other names, such as frog strangler, goose-drownder, or gullywasher.
Did you say ollie ollie oxen free to draw people out of hiding during hide-and-seek? Or maybe you said one of the other versions of this phrase, such as all-ee, all-ee, in free, or Ole Ole Olson all in free.
If you’ve accomplished something, be proud! But is it condescending to say you’re proud of someone when you had nothing to do with their success? A listener worries that the meaning of the word proud includes a sense of ownership.
In the Kiswahili language, the dead go into two categories: sasha for the recently departed, and zamani for spirits not known by anyone living.
The term zugzwang comes from chess, and refers to that situation where you can’t make any desirable moves—like being between a rock and a hard place.
Photo by Sean Winters. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Music Used in the Episode
|Recurring||Bonobo||Days To Come||Ninja Tune|
|The Cylinder||Milt Jackson||The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson||Atlantic|
|Nightlite||Bonobo||Days To Come||Ninja Tune|
|The Fever||Bonobo||Days To Come||Ninja Tune|
|Makin’ Whopee||Milt Jackson||The Ballad Artistry of Milt Jackson||Atlantic|
|Ketto||Bonobo||Days To Come||Ninja Tune|
|Transmission 94||Bonobo||Days To Come||Ninja Tune|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|