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Ledged Out

When hiking off-trail, it’s important to keep an eye on where you’ve been as well as where you’re going. Otherwise, you run the risk of what experienced hikers call being “ledged out”, which means you’ve descended...

Tickets to the Gun Show

Why do we call our biceps guns? The slang lexicographer Jonathon Green suggests that the metaphor first pops up in baseball around the 1920s, when players referred to their throwing arms as guns. Believe it or not, the early baseball pitchers...

cathedral thinking

cathedral thinking  n.— «Rogers described how he has embraced something called “cathedral thinking” and he was calling on the valley to join him. I cringed at first mention of the term, worried that he was going to digress into...

Listener Mail

Hello, everybody. Welcome to another newsletter from A Way with Words! This weekend we aired a repeat episode in which we discussed "drive safe" vs. "drive safely," the meaning of "paratereseomaniac," and the expression...

views paper

views paper  n.— «The metaphor for this genre of modern journalism is, if you don’t mind me saying so, the Independent newspaper. Let me say at the outset that the Independent is a well edited lively paper and absolutely entitled to print...

lily-pad

lily-pad  n.— «This is obviously a system that creates not only stunned authors but also “star” editors. These stars whizz from house to house (often at dizzying speeds) trailing a galaxy of authors behind them; often they are...

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