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Episode 1540

Tiger Tail

You may have a favorite word in English, but what about your favorite in another language? The Spanish term ojalá is especially handy for expressing hopefulness and derives from Arabic for “God willing.” In Trinidad, if you want to ask...

Episode 1528

Gift Horse

The edge of the Grand Canyon. A remote mountaintop. A medieval cathedral. Some places are so mystical you feel like you’re close to another dimension of space and time. There’s a term for such locales: thin places. And: did you ever go...

locked

locked  adj.— «Even though the main concert seems overly “locked,” to use a theatrical term, there are enough nice punch lines here, as well as the often brilliant extras, to entertain most comedy lovers.» —“Rita Rudner:...

churn zone

churn zone  n.— «Ditech Networks, a leading provider of voice quality solutions to the global communications industry, today announced the results of its worldwide voice quality audit, which showed that an average of 39 percent of all...