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Episode 1569

Love Bites

The word filibuster has a long and colorful history, going back to the days when pirates roamed the high seas. Today it refers to hijacking a piece of legislation. Plus, the language of yoga teachers: When doing a guided meditation, you may hear...

To Bat Wings and Eyes

In the 17th century, the verb to bate and the likely related verb, to bat, were used in falconry to mean “to flap wildly.” By the 19th century, to bat was also part of the phrase to bat one’s eyelashes. This is part of a complete...

Newsletter In Brief

Hey, ho, here's a brief newsletter from "A Way with Words." In this past weekend's episode we talked about new words, Dick's hatband, bye week, simping, the parson's nose, and more: Also this past week, Martha took a look...