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Episode 1585

Diamond Dust

Diamond dust, tapioca snow, and sugar icebergs — a 1955 glossary of arctic and subarctic terms describes the environment in ways that sound poetic. And a mom says her son is dating someone who’s non-binary. She supports their relationship, but...


The Japanese have a term for the act of buying books but letting them pile up without reading them. It’s tsundoku. This is part of a complete episode.

Paragliding Lingo

In what sport would you hear the slang terms glass off, speck out, and get flushed? They’re all expressions used in paragliding. Glass-off refers to a smooth, effortless takeoff; to speck out is to go so high that you’re nearly invisible...

New Maori Words

A government official in New Zealand has devised a new Maori-based glossary to replace some of the English words used by the government for talking about mental health, disability, and addiction. For example, he proposes replacing the word autism...

right of boom

right of boom
 n.— «“Right of boom“—U.S. military’s effort to mitigate effects of IED attacks with better equipment, trauma care.» —“Glossary” Washington Post Sept. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

left of boom

left of boom
 n.— «“Left of boom“—U.S. military’s effort to disrupt insurgent cells before they can build and plant bombs.» —“Glossary” Washington Post Sept. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)