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Episode 1570

Cool Beans

If you speak a second or third language, you may remember the first time you dreamed in that new tongue. But does this milestone mean you’re actually fluent? And a couple’s dispute over the word regret: Say you wish you’d been able...

A Brown Bear but Not a Brown Bear

A hilarious news story about a pair of heroic terriers that chase off a bear from a California home leads to an equally hilarious correction about the difference between black bears and brown bears. Big ups to Squirt and Mei Mei! This is part of a...

obiticide

obiticide  n.— «Speaking of which, the Star did in fact kill a couple of well-known people by mistake, a practice known as “obiticide,” or death by media. A Nov. 23 item about actors from the 1960s’ TV series Hogan’s Heroes...

freezing

freezing  n.— «At the Department of Correction, guards are often forced into mandatory overtime, a practice known as “freezing” that requires them to work 16 consecutive hours.» —“Overtime pay takes big bite of...

flap and zap

flap and zap  v. phr.— «Chiron Vision has selected seven ophthalmic surgeons to study laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), also known as “flap and zap,” for the correction of myopia. The intent of the study is to...

stimming on

stimming on  v.— «Nick started to walk on his toes, trail his hands on walls and developed an obsession or “stimming on” (in the parlance of those who deal with the correction of autistic behaviour) arranging boxes in rows or...