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Episode 1557

Sock it to Me

In the 15th century, the word respair meant “to have hope again.” Although this word fell out of use, it’s among dozens collected in a new book of soothing vocabulary for troubled times. Plus, baseball slang: If a batter...

A Horse-Collar Score

In sports slang, a horse-collar is “a score of zero,” and to horse-collar an opponent is “to hold them scoreless.” This is part of a complete episode.

late train

late train  n.— «Haass recounted how the special interest donations start flowing to incumbents as soon as they are elected. All the people who supported the council member’s opponent get on the “late train,” as it is called...

meg

meg  n.— «The objective of this game is real simple. Each player will try to “meg” the opponent while trying not to be “megged” themself. A “meg” or “nutmeg” is when a ball is played through...

pantload

pantload  n.— «Vince seems to be having a harder and harder time giving Hogan bigger than life opponents. After so many fat-guy feuds, a Hogan match can’t build anxiety in the marks unless the opponent is a mega pantload.» —“Re:...