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Episode 1603

If Grandma Had Wheels

While compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, lexicographer James Murray exchanged hundreds of letters a week with authors, advisors, and volunteer researchers. A new collection online lets you eavesdrop on discussions about which words should be...

roller

roller  n.— «I reined in the speedy pace and tried to find a rhythm over the first three miles, where we encountered “rollers”—in running parlance, those are mellow hills with ups and downs that wake up your legs, but aren’t so...

blessing way

blessing way  n.— «He remembered the Blessing Way held when he and his cousins had left after their last furlough for Camp Pendleton and then for Saigon and Okinawa. He remembered the sweat bath and the Singer, even older than Sandoval...

God breeze

God breeze  n.— «Her system is based on fixed daily and weekly routines, rituals that give a sacred rhythm to housework. When she started getting organized herself in 1999, she had an epiphany (which she refers to as a “God breeze”) about...

hip-life

hip-life  n.— «Hip-life music has been the main dominant rhythm in our music industry; hardly a day passes by without radio stations blaring them on air. This is because the “westernised” youth who form the majority of our...