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Word Births and Bird Words

Hi, ho! In this week’s episode, we discuss odd words, how children learn to talk, “in my wheelhouse,” “high as Cooter Brown,” and “good leather.” Greg Pliska metagrobolizes us with a quiz based on the 2011...

Bicycle Tom Swifty

Martha shares a couple of Tom Swifties, those funny sentences that make great punny use of adverbs, like “‘My bicycle wheel is damaged,’ Tom said outspokenly.” This is part of a complete episode.

schluff

schluff  v.—Gloss: To temporarily dismount a bicycle and use it something like a scooter in a place where bicycle-riding is forbidden or unwelcome. «Sidewalk bike riding is like jaywalking—who among us cannot resist, once in a while or...

BUI

BUI  n.— «So Mr. Roy still lives near campus, in a 10-foot-by-12-foot room, and rides his bicycle to college house parties. (Drunken riders get B.U.I.’s—“biking under the influence” tickets.) He plays in a band that “sounds like Tom...

wrench

wrench  n.— «Adams already had experience fixing bicycles because he did it so much on his own. Soon after completing the bicycle school, DNS closed the lab where Adams was stationed. He decided to became a bike mechanic or—as they call...

single

single  n.— «Bike trails are commonly known as “singles,” because they constitute narrow trails just wide enough for a single bicycle bearing one rider. Bikers ride in a single file and blend in with nature and the topography...

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