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Breathe a Scab

A Traverse City, Michigan, man is curious about the phrase his mother-in-law uses: breathing a scab. She uses it to indicate that someone who’s pushing limits or otherwise on thin ice metaphorically. The phrase is far more commonly breeding a...

Latin Spirare

The words respiration and inspiration have the same Latin root, spirare, which means “to breathe.” The word conspire has the same Latin etymological root. But what does conspiring have to do with breathing? The source of this term is...

“I Never Was” Riddle

Grant has a riddle: “I never was, am always to be, no one ever saw me or ever will, and yet I am the confidence of all to live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?” This is part of a complete episode.

square breathing

square breathing  n.— «Physical tactics during public speaking are also important in reducing nervousness and succeeding during a public presentation. Loving suggests a technique called square breathing: Breathe in through your nose...