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Over-Enunciating

Ever hear a broadcast where the announcer enunciates a little too precisely? Grant and Martha discuss the effect of softening syllables, such as “prolly” for “probably,” and “wanna” for “want to.” This...

Word Encounters of the First Kind

There’s a frisson you get when you meet a word for the first time—feeling pleasantly stumped in between wondering, “What the heck does that mean?” and hurrying off to find out. Martha and Grant talk about some terms that had just...

What’s Slang Jang? (minicast)

No, it’s not the neurological effect of spending too much time researching odd new terms. Slang jang is a tongue-tickling sauce found in East Texas. For more about slang jang, including recipes, check out etymologist Barry Popik’s site.

rain fade

rain fade  n.— «Rain and snow absorb the signal, reducing the quality of the service during storms, an effect the industry calls “rain fade.”» —“With WiMax, Walking on the Wireless Side in Baltimore” by Peter...

amortality

amortality  n.— «You may not have heard of amortality before—mainly because I’ve just coined the term. It’s about more than just the ripple effect of baby boomers” resisting the onset of age. Amortality is a stranger, stronger...

dieback

dieback  n.— «The team believes that the process, known as dieback, will begin when average global temperatures reach around 15C. Weather system changes will mean less rainfall on the jungle which will result in saplings failing to reach...