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Episode 1510

Cootie Shot

Perfect sentences and slang that tickles your mind! A new book of writing advice says a good sentence “imposes a logic on the world’s weirdness” and pares away options for meaning, word by word. • Your musician friend may refer to...

Bump and Grind

Remember a few years ago when Amazon introduced that mysterious device called a Kindle? People worried that electronic readers would replace traditional books. Turns out the death of the hardcover was greatly exaggerated. Also, the expression...

Fruitless

Dan Henderson of Sunnyvale, California, sent us a great cartoon of two guys at a bar. One says to the other, “Explain to me how comparing apples and oranges is fruitless?” This is part of a complete episode.

Throw the House Out the Window

Buenos! In this week’s archive edition, we consider alternatives to the word “retirement.” We also discuss “swan song,” “bike-shedding,” “tohubohu,” “criteria,” and how to pronounce...

jailhouse stomp

jailhouse stomp  n.— «Henderson, who has spent most of his adult life behind bars, dropped the receiver and walked over to Song’s cell, where he knocked Song to the ground with a punch in the head and then finished him off with what’s...

scamdicapper

scamdicapper  n.— «Despite criticism on many Internet posting forums, those services which are considered the worst of the worst—for which the sobriquet “scamdicapper” was coined—continue to flourish. Apparently a vast number...