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Terminal Deletion Word Game

Quiz Guy John Chaneski presents a terminal deletion game popular among fellow members of The National Puzzlers’ League. A terminal deletion involves dropping the first and last letters of a word to form a new one. For example, the word ample is a...

Because Internet

The new book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language is a smart, engaging, introduction to language and linguistics in general. It’s also rich with insights about how we communicate online. With verve, wit, and nerdy delight...

Great Googly Moogly

Lisa from Chesapeake, Virginia, says her father used to say good googly moogly! to express surprise, delight, or emphasis. There are several versions of this exclamation, which derives from a catchphrase used by radio DJs in the 1940s and 1950s...

A Lazy Wind

A listener shared a story in our Facebook group about hearing the term lazy wind, which refers to the kind of wind that’s so bitterly cold that it seems to go straight through you, rather than going around you. This is part of a complete...