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Episode 1599

What in Tarnation

Language is always evolving, and that’s also true for American Sign Language. A century ago, the sign for “telephone” was one fist below your mouth and the other at your ear, as if you’re holding an old-fashioned candlestick...

track

track  v.— «The district police chief’s office, on the third floor of the police compound, is dimly lit; sandbags block the windows. Norris goes over the plan, telling Col. Anan, the chief, how many polling sites his police need to protect...

blue-liner

blue-liner  n.— «Along with Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, Blake would give them an unprecedented three Norris Trophy-winning blue-liners and the right to call themselves Cup favourites.» —“Blake has taste for Ducks” by Bob...

super-cell

super-cell  n.— «The storms contained numerous rotating thunderstorms, commonly known as super-cells, which spawned a number of funnel clouds across Southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky.» —“Funnel clouds...