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Dictionary of Newfoundland English

The Dictionary of Newfoundland English offers a look at some intriguing vocabulary from that part of the world, such as the expression “best kind,” meaning “in the best state or condition.” This is part of a complete episode.

Canadian Cop Shoe Phones

A caller from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, says that cops in Canada will often say to contact them on their shoe phones. The shoe phone comes from Maxwell Smart, the hapless hero of the 1960s sitcom Get Smart, who kept a phone on the sole of his shoe...

Kay in a Poetry Brothel Is Funny

Memorial Day good wishes to you and the remembered. Here's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." Did you miss us? There was no newsletter last week, so now we have two brand-spanking-new episodes to share. This past...

snow-mageddon

snow-mageddon  n.— «Plenty of snow is heading our way for the holidays, along with freezing rain and high winds. With two looming storms, and a possible third on Christmas Eve, Environment Canada is dubbing it “snow-mageddon...

wet shelter

wet shelter  n.— «He is also the pioneering force behind medical services for the homeless that include a palliative hospice, a special care unit and a management of alcohol program, also known as a “wet shelter.”» —“Six...