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Pinging Bowl

In Norway, the idiom pling i bollen, or literally, “a pinging sound in a bowl,” describes someone “empty-headed” or “stupid.” This is part of a complete episode.

Episode 1372

Bouncy House of Language

Some people proudly embrace the label cancer survivor, while others feel that’s not quite the right word. Is there a better term for someone who’s battled cancer? Writers and listeners share the best sentence they’ve read all day...

Norwegian Tann Paste

In an earlier episode, we discussed linguistic false friends, those words in foreign languages that look like familiar English words, but mean something quite different. Martha reads an email response from a listener who learned the hard way that in...

lean forward

lean forward  v. phr.— «The green light from the U.S. government on a Final Assembly and Check Out line is an example that the U.S. government is leaning forward to address Italy’s aspirations for technology transfer.» —“JSF Partners...

cross-decking

cross-decking  n.— «Cooperation was evident at sea during the excercise both in simulated air strikes and anti-submarine warfare. The Kennedy and Ark Royal participated as a team with their planes “cross-decking”—landing and...