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Fast-Talking Auctioneers

Why do auctioneers talk so fast? The hosts say it’s partly to put you into a trance, partly to increase the sense of urgency, and partly to sell off lots of items in a short amount of time. More details in an article in Slate magazine. You can...

Spoonerisms with Greg Pliska

This week, our puzzle guy Greg Pliska joins us for a game of “Spoonerisms,” or the shifting of the initial consonant sounds in a pair of words. For example, common undergraduate college degree and online auction site. Got it? This is...

Calcutta wager

Calcutta wager  n.—Gloss: a form of gambling on a sporting event involving multiple contestants in which each contestant’s name is auctioned off to observers. At the end of the event, the high bidder for a winning contestant’s name...

tooth floater

tooth floater  n.— «I will sell the following belonging to my late husband.…Tooth floater and gag.» —“Auction of Horse Trailer and Racing Equipment” by Mrs. G.E. Finney in advertisement Daily...

windshield cowboy

windshield cowboy  n.— «Instead of the customary chuck wagon, the participating cowboys and a number of “windshield cowboy” spectators ate their barbecue dinner at the auction after the herd was penned.» —“Cowboys Push...

Easlos

Easlos  n.— «My guess is you could unload it all to another entrepreneur, or franchise it to sellers at swapmeets in EasLos and the border area.» —“Re: *Seeking associate to auction massive inventory on ebay” by Frank...

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