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X, Y, and Zed

Some teachers are using a controversial tactic to get young students reading: They let their pupils choose which books to read for class. Does it work? Also, should that line at the grocery store checkout read 15 items or less or fewer? And is the...

Words of the Decade

Enough about the Word of the Year. How about the Word of the Decade? Bailout? Google? Martha and Grant discuss some candidates. Also in this episode, does speaking a different language make you feel different emotions? What did Don Draper on Mad Men...

Paddywhacker

A Dallas man says his grandmother used to carry around washcloth a plastic bag in her purse. When he and his siblings would get their hands dirty, she’d say to them, “Show me your paddywackers,” and they’d hold out their...

Defining “Spatula”

A Texas listener recounts an ongoing debate in her family’s kitchen over the exact definition of the word spatula. Is it the kitchen tool used to spread icing and level measuring cups? Something you use to flip a pancake? That item with the...

jug

jug  v.—Gloss: To fish with the aid of floating plastic jugs of the sort usually used to hold water, milk, or bleach. «During the week lots of catfish (jugging is phenomenal) and bass are being reported. One group of juggers filled three...

momshell

momshell  n.—Gloss: An attractive mother. Note: mom + bombshell «Her boobs do look more full. Hmmm, could be that she’s no longer unhealthily skinny and that she’s had kids. Three cheers for the ultimate momshell!!!» —“Catherine Zeta...