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Episode 1526

Abso-Bloomin-Lutely

The autocomplete function on your phone comes in handy, of course. But is it changing the way we write and how linguists study language? Also, suppose you could invite any two authors, living or dead, to dinner. Who’s on your guest list and...

Sailing Slang and Jargon

After hanging out with San Diego sailing enthusiasts, Martha picked up several bits of slang and jargon. Catenary describes the desirable curve of an anchor chain, from Latin catena, meaning “chain.” A chain that is not pulled up...

smogged

smogged  v.— «Andrew had brought Bob to be smogged on Monday and this 25-year-old vehicle did not pass.» —“A trip to Baja with Bob” by Sharron Esler Sierra Sun (Truckee, California) Apr. 16, 2004. (source:...

whoop de doo

whoop de doo  n.— «On the second day, we encountered 29 km of whoop-de-doos. For those unfamiliar with dirt bike vernacular, picture the harshest mogul run you’ve ever seen, lay it out horizontally, throw in some sand and you have whoops...

boondocking

boondocking  n.— «Time was, not many years ago, when a motorist, bound for boondocking in the wilds of Baja California, said good-buy [sic] to his wife, hugged all the children and plopped a bedroll in the back seat of a war surplus...