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Bogarting Bangers

Has the age of email led to an outbreak of exclamation marks? Do women use them more than men? Also, is there a word for the odd feeling when you listen to a radio personality for years, then discover that they look nothing like your mental picture...

Twinjury

Twinjury  n.— «On May 29th, James Coleman of Bristol smacked his skull on a tree branch while filing updates to the Twitter service (or tweeting) from his Blackberry during a run. His accident spawned a new word: a “Twinjury...

Once Upon a Time

Are fairy tales too scary for children? A survey of parents in Britain found that more than half wouldn’t read them to their children before age five. Martha and Grant discuss the grisly imagery in fairy tales, and whether they’re too...

tuxedo cat

tuxedo cat  n.— «Someone I knew in college rescued a litter of kittens at abt 1 week of age and I ended up taking Gummitch home to my mother. He was a beautiful orange tuxedo cat with striped legs and tail, a lovely face, and a terrific...

young invincible

young invincible  n.— «In the parlance of the health care industry, Ms. Boyd, whose case remains unresolved, is among the “young invincibles”—people in their 20s who shun insurance either because their age makes them feel invulnerable or...

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