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Male Mistress

A woman having an affair with a married man is a mistress. So what’s the word for an unmarried man who’s having an affair with a married woman? Consort? Leman? This is part of a complete episode.


The old word wittol refers to a man who knows that his wife is having an affair and is okay with it. The behavior still exists today, but almost no one knows the word. A caller in Albany, New York, wonders why. This is part of a complete episode.

Scottish cringe

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family photo

family photo  n.— «The Luxembourg meeting will be primarily a “family photo” affair with the four applicants for membership.» —“Common Mart Sets Membership Talks” by Don Cook in Paris Los Angeles...

elephant’s tampon

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