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Language Headlines (minicast)

This week’s language headlines include the publication of new slang dictionary, and an entire book devoted to that tiny piece of punctuation, the period, and a tip-off about audio recordings of famous authors whose voices would otherwise be...

Dibby-Dibby-Do, College Slang for You!

Welcome to another edition of the A Way with Words newsletter. What was college slang like 100 years ago? That's what we talked about on the air this past weekend. We also talked about "go fly a kite," nicknames for Vancouver, and why...

apostrofly

apostrofly  n.— «There is no guarantee that the apostrophe will appear in the right place in Queens’ College, Cambridge. The apostrophe, it sometimes seems, is like an insect—an apostrofly—over the dining table, alighting where it will. If...