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Episode 1550

Queen Bee

An artist asks strangers to write haiku about the pandemic and gets back poetic, poignant glimpses of life under lockdown. Plus, the new book Queenspotting features the colorful language of beekeeping! Bees tell each other about a good source of...

Homograph Quiz

Quiz Guy John Chaneski is puzzling over homographs, words that are spelled the same but have different meanings and sometimes different pronunciations. For example, what two words that are spelled the same are suggested by the following clue? An...

Tantony Pig

A tantony pig is the runt of the litter. This term derives from the name of St. Anthony of Egypt, patron saint of swineherds. This is part of a complete episode.

fish pedicure

fish pedicure  n.— «State regulators have banned a trendy type of spa procedure known as a “fish pedicure,” in which the spa patron places his or her feet into a bowl filled with fish, and the fish eat the dead skin and...


playtron n. an observer or vistor at a Renaissance fair or festival who wears a costume suited for the time period. Etymological Note: play(er) + patron (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

eye service

eye service  n.— «Exposing more hypocritical behaviour of Mr Rawlings, the Patron of DFP said “If as a leader you think service to the people calls for cleaning gutters in Nima you must do so whether you are in or out of office. If you do...