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Gaywater

Gaywater is not the opposite of conversion therapy. It’s a southern American term for whiskey, especially the illegal kind. This is part of a complete episode.

Verbing Nouns

Is it okay to make a verb out of a noun? Yes! It’s estimated that twenty percent of English verbs started as nouns. Just think of the head-to-toe mnemonic: you can head off a problem, face a situation, nose around, shoulder responsibility...

By Jingo!

If your friend says she’s coming to town Sunday week, exactly when should you expect to see her? What do you call those typographical symbols cartoonists use in place of profanity? Plus grass widows, the linguistic phenomenon called creaky...

Feast on Three New Episodes

Hey, look: there are three brand-new episodes to tell you about! Each includes a few rounds of devious word puzzles cooked up by our quiz guy John Chaneski, as well as: Last weekend, “Secret Gibberish”: piggyback gibberish the...

magic Negro

magic Negro  n.— «The enabling mechanism of this conversion is our old friend from “50s liberal movies, the Magic Negro, as descended from Sidney Poitier in “The Defiant Ones.” His job is to prevent the white man from...

convertitis

convertitis  n.— «But converts have something to do with this too: it’s not all about susceptibility to Wahabism and Islamism. In the early months and in some cases early years after conversion to Islam, many undergo what long-standing...