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Episode 1593

Word Hoard

Ever wonder what medieval England looked and sounded like? In Old English, the word hord meant “treasure” and your wordhord was the treasure of words locked up inside you. A delightful new book uses the language of that period to create...

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

Some of the music you hear on this show is the work of Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, a San Diego-based Afro-funk and soul-jazz band. Their keyboard player is Tim Felten, who, as it happens, is also the editor and engineer for A Way with Words. He selects...

throw

throw n. the distance that a key or button can be pressed, as on a computer keyboard. Etymological Note: Directly related to “throw” in mechanical engineering, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the action or motion of a...

throw

throw  n.— «The keyboard of the System 200 is not so bad that you can’t get used to it; it just doesn’t have that positive, long-throw touch of the IBM boards.» —“Dell offers a good value for the dollar” by Jack...

throw

throw  n.— «The new keyboard lacks throw, more commonly referred to as key travel, which means that keys require less pressure to engage.» —“The Apple Core: Review: Apple’s new keyboards (Verdict: Atrocious)” by Jason...

powerchair

powerchair  n.— «A powerchair, another term for a motorized wheelchair, moves by means of an electric motor. To control the engine, users may use a keyboard, joystick, or similar instrument. Such motorized wheelchairs are designed for use...