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Fake English

Everyone knows you don’t start a sentence with but. But why? Also, how voice recognition technology is changing the way we think and write and what English sounds like to foreigners. Plus, where cockamamie comes from, oddly translated movie...

More Pungle

Back in 1867 a newspaper in Nevada used the verb pungle to lovely effect: “All night the clouds pungled their fleecy treasure.” This is part of a complete episode.

downwinder

downwinder  n.— «Nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and 1960s released radiation into the atmosphere that settled in states far away from the original test site. Researchers determined that certain elements of this fallout, such as...

cow county

cow county  n.— «The Nevada Senate consisted of one senator from each of the 17 counties even though the vast majority of the population was, as now, in just Clark and Washoe counties. The so-called “cow counties,” the rurals...

pimp slap

pimp slap  n.— «“While Clark County is more than willing to participate in a dialogue with you and your legislative leaders about the future of these programs, we believe strongly that they should be one of the last programs to be cut...

torture taxi

torture taxi  n.— «Trevor Paglen is a doctoral candidate at University of California, Berkeley and the author of the book about the so-called torture taxis, or what the CIA calls rendition planes.» —“Exclusive: ‘Torture Taxis’ Make...