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Insegrevious Paratereseomaniacs

In this episode, Martha and Grant honor winners of the Ig Nobel Prizes, those wacky awards for weird academic research, and they help a caller decipher a puzzling word from a personals ad: what does paratereseomaniac mean?

bunny line

bunny line  n.— «Kim’s face has what surgeons in the business refer to as little “bunny lines” on the bridge of her nose.…This is often a sign of too much Botox because it’s the only part of the face that can move slightly when she...

gay-lister

gay-lister  n.— «Hamilton described the chic look as “Miami style,” with flowing, white drapes and extensive lighting. “Gay-listers,” as she calls them, are set to attend, such as local business owners, non-profit leaders, the media and...

cannibalizing

cannibalizing  n.— «More worryingly, the conglomerate is continuing its use of a business practice known as “cannibalising,” whereby new stores are opened in close proximity to existing branches. The intention of this is that...

enter runoff

enter runoff  v. phr.— «It looks like some insurers will “enter runoff,” that is, do no new business and instead collect their premiums as the bonds they insure mature.» —“Ambac, MBIA Finally Have Their ’Peggy Lee...

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