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Outspoken Quote

When someone admiringly called a woman “outspoken,” Dorothy Parker is said to have cynically replied, “Outspoken by whom?” Well, according to quoteinvestigator.com, the line pre-dates Parker’s quip. This is part of a...

Peep-Eye

A woman says that when playing hide-and-seek with a small child, her mother-in-law says “peep-eye!” instead of “peekaboo!” Is that usage limited to certain parts of the country? And where do they say “pee-bo!”...

West Word, Ho!

It’s a brand-new season of A Way with Words! Grant has big news, too: He’s used up his last Metrocard, packed up his belongings, and moved to the Left Coast. He reports on some features of California language there that are already...

Hebrew Spoken at Home

Grant tells the story of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who revived the use of Hebrew outside of religious contexts. In 1850, no one spoke Hebrew as an everyday household language; now it’s spoken by more than 5 million people. This is part of a complete...

Navy shower

Navy shower  n.— «Take a “Navy” shower (turn the water off while you lather); save 8 gallons.» —“10 tips to save water” by Bo Emerson Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Oct. 25, 2007. (source:...

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva  n.— «Today’s corporate scandals have produced Lady Godiva (full disclosure) and the leprechaun (elusive executives who hide their millions; also spelled lepre-con), and then there’s Enronitis (stock hit hard by accounting...

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