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Episode 1473

Naked as a Jaybird

What’s the best way for someone busy to learn lots of new words quickly for a test like the GRE? Looking up their origins can help. Or, record yourself reading the words and definitions and play them back while you’re doing other chores...


snoutcast  n.— «You see them everywhere, huddled together in doorways and outside buildings—whatever the weather, giving their lungs their nicotine “snack.” They are Britain’s smoking employees, now dubbed “snoutcasts.” Since a...

cocaine bug

cocaine bug  n.pl.— «There are many strange things connected with the drug habit and the “cocaine bug” is one of the most singular. The victim imagines there is a bug crawling about just under his skin.» —“Opium, Cocaine...

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