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Overuse of “Like”

Is there a way to get youngsters to stop overusing the word “like”? The mother of a middle-schooler who’s picked up the habit wonders where it came from and how she can stop it. Grant and Martha have suggestions, and Martha...

bike leg

bike leg  n.— «Casati, like many other bike riding University of Montana students and faculty members, has gotten into the habit of rolling up a pant leg—or two—in order to keep it from catching in the bike chain. […] This fashion...

Pulmonic Ingressive

In Ireland you’ll find that some folks have an odd habit of gasping in mid-conversation. A Texan who lived in Dublin for years says he found this speech trait disconcerting. The hosts explain that this “pulmonic ingressive” is...

Wii knee

Wii knee  n.— «It is being reported that people who picked up the habit of playing Wii games, innocently thinking that they are just playing some silly little sports game, are finding themselves with the fractures and sprains, that...

loser cruiser

loser cruiser  n.— «When a class goes on a field trip, they should take the bus. It might even help us wean ourselves from the recently acquired habit of chauffeuring kids everywhere they ever go. Is it any wonder they grow up to refer to...

meth bugs

meth bugs  n.pl.— Note: Similar to cocaine bugs. «“The skin starts to dry out and becomes itchy and the user starts to hallucinate and thinks he has something crawling under his skin—what is commonly called meth bugs. Because he thinks...