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Episode 1584

Sleepy Winks

It was a dark and stormy night. So begins the long and increasingly convoluted prose of Edwards Bulwer-Lytton’s best-known novel. Today the annual Bulwer-Lytton Contest asks contestants for fanciful first sentences that are similarly...

redheaded Eskimo

redheaded Eskimo  n.— «On Capitol Hill, legislation carefully tailored to the needs of a tiny constituency is sometimes called a “Redheaded Eskimo.” He is in the Jobs Creation Act under “expenses paid by certain whaling...

cork

cork  v.— «Cyclists in the group were performing a technique called “corking,” which involves a few cyclists blocking traffic so other riders can safely pass.» —“Critical Mass incident sparks safety...

switch hitter

switch hitter  n.— «Recipients of Obama’s summer mailing include many lobbyists who are called “switch hitters” in political parlance—contributors to lawmakers of both parties who seek to open Capitol Hill doors to them on a...

shirt-changing

shirt-changing  n.— «In other cities, such as Syracuse, law firms have re-incorporated within Empire Zones to take advantage of the breaks, a practice known as shirt-changing.» —“Great address, near Capitol, tax...

World Capitol Quiz

Greg Pliska presents a groaner of a quiz about world capitals. Let’s just put it this way: the number of puns in this quiz will be Dublin exponentially. This is part of a complete episode.