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We Have Our Shortz On

Hello, friends — Good news! Our mini-podcast with Will Shortz is now on the “A Way with Words” site. Will created this quiz about anagrams and slang just for AWWW listeners. Give it a try: On to this week’s show: spoonerisms...

mail-boxing

mail-boxing  n.— «Mail theft occurs so frequently that criminals have even coined a new verb: “mail-boxing.”» —“Mail fraud raises a red flag” The Acorn (Agoura Hills, California) Apr. 17, 2008...

flag drop

flag drop  n.— «The rate increase is the first since 2005, and the second since the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) assumed regulatory authority of local taxis that same year. Though the initial fare, commonly called the “flag...

souveniring

souveniring  n.— «Conservation Assistant Lori Lee-Rameriz says the flag lost some of it’s pieces, thanks to “souveniring.” Souveniring is the term used to describe the cutting of the flag by soldiers, who wanted a piece of the...

flag strategy

flag strategy  n.— «Another method, called the “flag strategy,” allowed employees to get their inoculation at the time of their choosing—but only when the line had fewer than a set number of people. With a queue maximum of...

plant the flag

plant the flag  v. phr.— «With an average of nearly 12 movies opening every week, claiming prime big-screen real estate as far in advance as possible is crucial.…“We had to ask ourselves whether it made sense to open against another...