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Lush Desert Islands

Many desert islands don’t look like a desert at all. They’re lush and green. That’s because the term reflects the old sense of desert meaning “wild and uninhabited.” This is part of a complete episode.

Reading the OED from A to Z (minicast)

Word nerd Ammon Shea quit his job as a furniture mover in New York City to spend an entire year reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary. The result, in addition to eyestrain, headaches, and skeptics’ puzzlement, was Shea’s new book...

carpet planting

carpet planting  n.— «The Garden’s Cocos used “carpet planting” as another term for the pincushion gardens, because of their intense, dense planting.» —“Victorian garden steps into heyday” by Janice...

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