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Everything is Tickety-Boo

News reports that the makers of Scrabble were changing the rules to allow proper names left some purists fuming. The rumors were false, but they got Grant thinking about idiosyncratic adaptations of the game’s rules. Also this week, the...

Everything is Tickety-Boo

Hello from your friends at AWWW! In our latest episode, we talked about idiosyncratic rules for Scrabble, the origins of the terms "picket lines" and "hooch," plus why actors "go up" on their lines and what we mean when...

Picket Lines

A Fort Worth listener wonders about a claim she saw in a 1930s magazine. The article said that traditionally, a picket line was an area between the front lines of two opposing armies where soldiers might safely venture out to pick berries without...

toke

toke  n.— «Groups of UAW members were stationed at several points along the busy road, including directly across from the new casino, a gaming site that some dealers said would be costing them tips—or as they call them tokes—in coming...

conscience

conscience  v.— «“We not intimidating people,” said the angry, ugly, picket. “We are just attempting to conscientize them.” It seems that the American belief in the inalienable right of every noun to become a verb is...