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Episode 1538

Little Shavers

The word hipster might seem recent, but it actually originated in the 1930s when it referred to jazz aficionados who were in the know about the best nightclubs and cool music. Speaking of music, a professional musician reports that it’s...

I See You

The phrase I see you, meaning “I acknowledge what you’re doing,” comes from performance, and pops up often in African-American performance rhetoric. This is part of a complete episode.

performal

performal  adj.— «“There’s a macho performal nature that some of these people crave,” she said. “And what better a performance than the blood and guts of butchery?”» —“Young Idols With Cleavers Rule the Stage” by Kim...

cutting

cutting  n.— «To prepare for their performance in the jump event at the all-star tournament, Thees said the women are trying to improve their jump distances by practicing more challenging jump maneuvers. When the boat pulls a skier toward...

liphooping

liphooping  n.— «Tracy Doreen Dietzel […] will close the night with a short performance piece involving lip-synching and hula hooping, something she refers to as liphooping.» —“The abridged guide to Spring Gallery...