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Your Child’s In-Laws

What do you call the parents of your son’s or daughter’s spouse? They’re your child’s in-laws, but what are they in relation to you and your spouse? A caller who spent years in Latin America says Spanish has a specific term...

pink-sheeter

pink-sheeter  n.— «China Health Management is a healthcare service provider in the People’s Republic of China. Unfortunately for them, it has been labelled as a “pink-sheeter” for its lack of financial information. So I went...

E-Flex

Recently we discussed the lack of a word in English for the act of trying to do in your offline life something you can only do on a computer, like expecting spellcheck to kick in if you’re scribbling a grocery list, for example. The hosts...

Foreign Language Range of Love

A listener calls from in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to say that in her native Spanish, she can use several different words for love to denote a whole range of feelings, depending on how close she is to the other person. She’s frustrated that...

bladder leash

bladder leash  n.— «It is hoped that the initiative will end “bladder leash”—which leaves people tethered by how far they can travel, and for how long, because of the lack of toilets.» —“The Great British inconvenience” by...

highway hypnosis

highway hypnosis  n.— «Even without actually falling asleep, drivers can go for miles in what some experts call “highway hypnosis,” with their reflexes slowed and their judgment impaired.» —“When lack of sleep can...

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