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Episode 1518

One-Armed Paper Hanger

The emotional appeal of handwriting and the emotional reveal of animal phrases. Should children be taught cursive writing in school, or is their time better spent studying other things? A handwritten note and a typed one may use the very same words...

The Origin of “Mall” in Shopping Mall

The word mall, as in shopping mall, has traveled a long and winding path, beginning with the Italian game of pallamaglio, which was played with a ball and a mallet. The name of the game found its way into French as pallemaille, which in turn became...

crush load

crush load  n.— «And while items like backpacks will be allowed on the Mall, Mr. Wiley said it wouldn’t be a good idea to bring them if you were coming by Metro because people would be standing “shoulder to shoulder.” Metro, which will...

teaser parking

teaser parking  n.— «Part of the proposal calls for trying to make transit mall stores more visible and reachable by car. The team suggests narrowing sidewalks and moving artwork to make room for a lane of “teaser parking,” a...

fade

fade  n.— «The New York Yankees continue to be the best value fade in all of major league baseball for sports handicappers. New York is always bet on more than most teams in baseball because of who they are, the history and the money they...

pitching

pitching  n.— «The teens who leave, more often than not before they graduate, are like the unsafe factory walls, only instead of demolition the state remedy for them is prison, and instead of stray bricks to walk around on the sidewalks...