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Episode 1603

If Grandma Had Wheels

While compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, lexicographer James Murray exchanged hundreds of letters a week with authors, advisors, and volunteer researchers. A new collection online lets you eavesdrop on discussions about which words should be...

belt-buckle rash

belt-buckle rash  n.— «Belt-Buckle Rash is actually the result of many factors; snaps, zippers and even the abrasive effects of denim will also result in finish damage. However, the most sinister threat to an instrument’s finish is...

agurb

agurb  n.— «Jack Schultz, founder of a Midwestern economic development firm and author of the book “Boomtown USA,” said 11 small cities in Mississippi were among a group of 397 nationwide to outperform major metropolitan areas...

schmerer

schmerer  n.— «Schmoerer (?)—inferior worker; a helper; one who applies the glue; from the Jewish.» —“Leathergoods Jargon” by Belt maker’s Union Lexicon of Trade Jargon , 1938-39. (source: Double-Tongued...