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Episode 1557

Sock it to Me

In the 15th century, the word respair meant “to have hope again.” Although this word fell out of use, it’s among dozens collected in a new book of soothing vocabulary for troubled times. Plus, baseball slang: If a batter...

Laugh-In Catch Phrases

You bet your sweet bippy! meaning “Definitely!” comes from a large cache of catchphrases from the TV variety series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, which was wildly popular in the late 1960s. The bippy in this case was a euphemism...

Japanese Idiom

A Japanese idiom, referring to someone who takes credit for another’s work, translates as “doing sumo in someone else’s underwear.” This is part of a complete episode.

Gramm-standing

Gramm-standing  n.— «Hutchison’s knack for bringing home dollars as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee recalls the priorities of three Texas predecessors: Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Gramm. And like Gramm, Hutchison has...