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Episode 1585

Diamond Dust

Diamond dust, tapioca snow, and sugar icebergs — a 1955 glossary of arctic and subarctic terms describes the environment in ways that sound poetic. And a mom says her son is dating someone who’s non-binary. She supports their relationship, but...

Counting-Out Rymes for Toes

Susan from Virginia Beach, Virginia, remembers a toe-counting game from her childhood that goes “This toe tight / this penny white / this toe tizzle / this penny wizzle.” She doesn’t recall the rest and has no idea where it came...

dog robber

dog robber  n.— «Another assignment was to be a “dog robber” which was a military term for a general aide to a superior officer who could be called upon to do a multitude of things.» —“Columnist salutes World War II veterans for...

mocapography

mocapography  n.— «The movie, which opens in November, was filmed in something called “mocapography” using a multitude of digital cameras doing motion capture. Stars Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Crispin...

snuse

snuse  n.— «As historians of the game know, sunflower seeds merely took over where smokeless tobacco, snuff—or “snuse” as it was called in the tiny Swede-dominated Iowa hamlet where I originated—left off. In those days, the boards on the...

awfulize

awfulize  v.— «He highlights and subsequently shatters a multitude of erroneous myths that are conceived within the particularly large cleavage between what one feels he “should” or “must” do, and what he wants to...