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Polyglot Problems

It’s the business of business jargon. Say you’re in line at the drugstore. Does it bother you if the cashier says, “Next guest”? In department stores and coffeeshops, does the term “guest” suggest real...

Salted and Reset

Oyez, oyez! All rise for another newsletter from "A Way with Words"! We took another listen to an episode concerning "orient" vs. "orientate," "sockdologizing," and "my dogs are barking." Hear it...

Wait a Cotton-Picking Minute

Happy holidays to everyone! Your gift is another episode of A Way with Words. It's one-size-fits-all. This week we chewed over whether "cotton-picking" is racist, unintentionally funny headlines, a holiday-song quiz...

yac

yac  n.— «The buzzword in Ames this preseason has been “yac” —- as in “yards after catch.” Chizik calls that stat “Cyclone yards.”» —“Cyclone receivers ready to explode” by Kelly...

insiderization

insiderization  n.— «In 1982, Kenichi Ohmae wrote The Mind of the Strategist. He came with his signature buzzword called “insiderization.”…Ohmae, who, according to the Financial Times is Japan’s only management guru, describes...

rexy

rexy  adj.— «Kate Moss and her friends have coined a new buzzword for her skinny physique—‘rexy.” The term, made up of the words anorexic and sexy, is apparently used by the supermodel, Sadie Frost and other A-list friends as a...