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Scary Fairy Tales

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...

encore career

encore career  n.— «Civic Ventures, a group Lakin said encourages older adults to pursue a higher level of education to rejoin the work force and attain what they refer to as “encore careers,” is one of many organizations targeted at this...

podium job

podium job  n.— «Gibbs is about to start a job that, like the presidency, seems to age its occupants disproportionately to the years they spend in the job. And it happens live and on C-Span. Known in Washington shorthand as “the podium...

dose

dose  n.— «Then on Tuesday, at one of the many literary events I attend, I saw Eva, a lass we had a short ‘dose’ as they call them—as if women are innocuous inoculations—when I was 25 years old, fresh from college, and she was a stroke of...

gotcha call

gotcha call  n.— «Puerile, cringe-inducing, patronising and crude. These are just a few ways to describe Matt Tilley’s popular gotcha calls on Fox FM.…In the past few years, prank telephone calls to unsuspecting Melburnians have...

blue jacking

blue jacking  n.— «At the age of 10 he sold newspapers in downtown Toledo.…They didn’t have a normal paper route like most kids, delivering to the same house every day in nice, quiet neighborhoods. This young boy and his friend...

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