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poodle cut

poodle cut  n.— «Lygodium, or Old World climbing fern, covers trees like a green blanket. Workers use a technique called “poodle cut” on lygodium vines, carving deeply into the thick vegetation near the base, which kills the...

Tweet, Tweet! Polly Wanna Cracker?

Hey, hey, hey! It's another fat newsletter from "A Way with Words"! We never run out of things to talk about. Take this past weekend's show, for example. We tracked down the history of "Polly wanna cracker." It turns out...

Spot the Fake Slang

In this week’s installment of Slang This!, a member of the National Puzzlers League tries to separate the real slang terms from the fake ones. Try this one: Which of the following expressions really is a British synonym for the willies, the...

Chutzpah and Daybreak on Slang This!

In this week’s installment of Slang This!, a member of the National Puzzlers League tries to separate the real slang terms from the fake ones. Try this one: If you have chutzpah, might you also be said to “have the stitches” to get...

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