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Talking As Equals in the Workplace

Matt, a new college grad in Austin, Texas, wants guidance about what kinds of things are appropriate to share during conversations in the workplace. Sociolinguist Janet Holmes has extensively researched and written about this topic, including in...

Episode 1512

Bottled Sunshine

If you catch your blue jeans on a nail, you may find yourself with a winklehawk. This term, adapted into English from Dutch, means “an L-shaped tear in a piece of fabric.” And: What’s your relationship with the books on your...

racecraft

racecraft  n.— «“When you get to this stage, these guys know how to drive race cars,” said Mears, who is working with driver Will Power as he prepares for his second Indy start and first with Penske on May 24. “So it’s really...

feller buncher

feller buncher  n.— «Along a 9.5-mile corridor between Buchanan and Millwood, a team of contractors was busy removing oaks, birches and other trees to create a quarter-mile clearing. In one clearing, a feller buncher—a kind of bulldozer...

blow-boater

blow-boater  n.— «Powerboat owners are habitually dismissive of sailors as preppy, penurious or just plain nerds, referring to them as “blow-boaters” or “snailboaters.”» —“Power Hungry” by John...

stinkpotter

stinkpotter  n.— «Powerboat owners are habitually dismissive of sailors as preppy, penurious or just plain nerds, referring to them as “blow-boaters” or “snailboaters.” Sailors fire back with...