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Never Saying Goodbye

Kristin in San Clemente, California, wonders why actors in old movies often hang up the phone without saying goodbye. It’s not just old movies! In fact, you can watch supercuts of lots of modern movies where the same thing happens. Although...

Thank You, Ma’am, Road Bump

Following up on our talk about regional terms for a small, raised section of road, such as tickle bump and belly-tickler, Martha shares a passage from The Guardian Angel by Oliver Wendell Holmes, which references another term for that kind of bump...

Plum-Crushers

A San Antonio, Texas, listener is puzzled about a story in The Guardian about Mavis Staples speculating about her romance with Bob Dylan: “If we’d had some little plum-crushers, how our lives would be. The kids would be singing now, and Bobby...

bubble capital

bubble capital  n.— «Bank PHB was also accused of having resorted to illegalities in the acquisition bid as two-thirds of the 33 per cent it claimed were “rejected” and “warehoused” shares. The rejected shares, also referred to as “bubble...

gigaliner

gigaliner  n.— «A “gigaliner,” as they call it, on trial in Germany.…The general public has a right to know that the UK government and the European Commission are considering whether to allow mega-trucks, on our roads...

overcranking

overcranking  n.— «There is a…nifty 120 frames-a-second option that allows half-speed playback for really excellent quality slow-mo—what’s called overcranking in the biz.» —“Dork talk” by Stephen...