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Almost Up to Possible

Hello, guys and dolls--it's another newsletter from A Way with Words. We aired an episode this past weekend in which we talked about the footwear known as "go-aheads," what part of the body is "possible,"...

Etymology of Aptronyms

There’s the late CNN broadcaster William Headline, the preacher named James God, and the physician named Dr. Hurt. Names like these that match the person’s profession are called aptronyms or aptonyms. We talk about the man who coined the...

suicide headache

suicide headache  n.— «Cluster headache (CH) remains an enigma to the medical profession.…Many chronic CH sufferers eventually take their own lives—earning CH the gruesome moniker “suicide headaches.”» —“LSD cured my...

suitcase provider

suitcase provider  n.— «The vast majority of these are very small—in many cases, one-person enterprises or, in the vernacular, “suitcase providers.”…The traditional view is that a “suitcase provider” is a bad...

juicing the hard way

juicing the hard way  n.— «Before, a wrestler used to “blade”—have a little razor blade attached to a finger and that’s how they would cut their forehead. Now, they do what’s called “juicing the hard way.” When the...

stained-glass ceiling

stained-glass ceiling n. a barrier to the advancement of women within the hierarchy of a church. Etymological Note: This is a specific form of “glass ceiling,” which is the barrier to advancement of women in any profession. A related...

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