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If you’re into fungus among us, you might enjoy uredinology, the study of rust molds. This is part of a complete episode.


Zygology? That’s the study of joining or fastening. This is part of a complete episode.

Pennsylvania Dutch Saying

What crawled over your liver? This Pennsylvania Dutch idiom means “What’s the matter with you?” This is part of a complete episode.

Hoorah’s Nest

If something’s messy, it looks like a hoorah’s nest. But what’s a hoorah? It beats us. All we know is, it leaves its nest in a real state of confusion, and does it well enough to inspire a popular idiom. This is part of a complete...

A Writer Is a Person…

The great Leonard Bernstein once said, “A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” What are your favorite quotes on writing? This is part of a complete episode.

1937’s Words

On wordorigins.org, etymologist Dave Wilton is going through the Oxford English Dictionary year by year to find the earliest citations for various words, which offer an unusual linguistic glimpse into that particular year. The year 1937, for...

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