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Unexpected Place Name Pronunciations

When it comes to the names of towns and cities, the locals don’t necessarily pronounce them the way you expect. Charlotte, Vermont, for example, is pronounced with emphasis on the second syllable, not the first — and therein lies a history...

Why Do Auctioneers Talk So Fast?

Why do auctioneers talk so fast? Martha and Grant discuss the rapid-fire speech of auctioneers, and how it gets you to bid higher. Also, why so many books have ridiculously long titles, where you’d have sonker for dessert, and an appreciation...

Starvation Corner

Starvation Corner  n.— «What Cafeteria III table serves as both a Starvation Corner and a Lonely Hearts Club during third lunch?» —“Teen Scene” by Susanne Shaw, Douglas Johnson Newport Mercury and Weekly...

sharrow

sharrow  n.— «These Shared Lane stencils are an entirely new type of bike lane marking for New York City. They are modeled after San Francisco’s “Sharrows.”» —“Birth of a Class III Bike Route” by Aaron...

swear-to

swear-to  n.— «Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III requested the Monday morning hearing—often called a “swear-to,” where police present facts needed to issue an arrest warrant—be sealed.» —“Evidence in arrest of...

fourth point of contact

fourth point of contact  n.— «His opponent had his head so far up his fourth point of contact he practically served the level III to the SCol on a platter.» —“Re: WoB” by John M. Atkinson Usenet: rec.games...