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first laddie

first laddie  n.—Gloss: Bill Clinton’s jocular suggestion for the title of a female president’s husband. «Hillary is taking this experiment to its extreme and logical conclusion, by attempting to become the first female...

Gardentoolism

Hola, estimados oyentes! It's time for another podcast from "A Way with Words." Earlier this summer a word caught Grant's fancy: "gardentoolism." So he made a slang quiz about it! Listen to the podcast here. If you...

What A Load of Bunk!

Few are the words whose origins we know for certain, but "bunk" is one of them. From the mountains of North Carolina to the halls of Congress to everyday language, Martha scoops the skinny in the latest online-only podcast: Find a...

The Train is Servicing The Station

Yo, listeners! There’s another online-only podcast from “A Way with Words.” This time, Grant answers questions about the word “agio” from a fellow in Kamloops–learn more about that name, too–and he responds...

Bonus! New Word Open Mic

There's a new online-only episode of "A Way with Words" today: a half-hour "New Word Open Mic" from the 2007 Dictionary Society of North America conference, during which all comers were invited to step up to the...