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sweatbox

sweatbox  n.— «What will happen when they do have to pay it back includes nonstop calls to them and their parents. Credit card collection agencies know how to harass, threaten and then sweet-talk cardholders who are late. They even have a...

Give It the Old College Slang

Booya! It's another newsletter from A Way with Words. This past weekend's show rocked the mic. We talked about "voluntold," "apple of my eye," nicknames for Vancouver, and the expression "a face that could gag a...

Word Encounters of the First Kind

Hello from Indianapolis, where we've just spent a great weekend with the staff and listeners of WFYI 90.1. You can listen to this week's show here: We talked about words we read but didn't know, like "spanghew" and...

Biltmore stick

Biltmore stick  n.— «He wore a backpack with a G.P.S. receiver and carried, in one hand, a data collection unit resembling a portable credit card machine, and in the other, a strip of wood known as a Biltmore stick.…The Biltmore...

baghouse

baghouse  n.— «Environmental protection laws have codes limiting water flows and particulate and smoke emissions from oil refineries and asphalt processing plants, and not only dust but sulfur dioxides, smoke and other emissions are...

Record vs. Album

If you release a collection of music on compact disc, can you still call it a record or an album? Or is it just a CD? A musician from Indiana wants an answer. This is part of a complete episode.