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Mommicked

A caller from coastal North Carolina says that in her part of the country, people use the word mommicked to mean flustered or deeply frustrated. It derives from mammock, which means to tear or muddle, and was used that way in Shakespeare’s...

Once More Unto the Breach

The exhortation in Shakespeare’s Henry V, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends,” is now a part of common speech. But not every fan of the Bard knows what a breach is. It’s simply a gap—a space between two things. This is...

Going to Buxtehude

Here's another newsletter from A Way with Words. On this past weekend's show we mused over the idea of reading books on electronic devices, talked about "tow-headed," and got to the German origins of "going to Buxtehude...

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