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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Salvete! In this week’s archive episode, we revisit the musical language of railroad conductors’ calls, and chat with a Vietnam vet about a term he often heard while serving, “cumshaw artist.” We also talk about the influence...

Squeejawed Red-heads and Grockles

In this week’s episode: Just how far back could you go and still understand the English people were speaking? We crank up our trusty time machine to find out. Hint: You’d probably have a tough time getting around in the eighth century...

porn slapper

porn slapper  n.— «Porn slappers hand out little booklets offering services for ladies of the “evening.” Or was it the ladies of the afternoon, or morning? Anyways they are promoting prositution.» —“Las Vegas forum: OK...

Language Headlines (minicast)

This week’s language headlines include the publication of new slang dictionary, and an entire book devoted to that tiny piece of punctuation, the period, and a tip-off about audio recordings of famous authors whose voices would otherwise be...

Google slap

Google slap  n.— «When your ranking drops, 90% of the time it’s because of a SE changing it’s methodolgy for ranking sites. They are doing this because they believe it is in the best interests of their users. Some people refer to this as...