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Word a Day for Expanding Vocabulary

A listener in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, requests advice about expanding her vocabulary as a writer, but admits she spends only about ten minutes a day reading. The hosts offer several suggestions: Make sure to stop and look up unfamiliar...

Laundry List

A caller in Hamburg, Germany, wants to know where we got the term laundry list. Grant explains that it derives from a time when people of a certain class sent their laundry out to be cleaned. It’s usually associated with a collection of things...

playshop

playshop  n.— «Meltzer and Williamson refer to them as “playshops” because the intention is to help women to connect to the joyful, spontaneous and fun-loving side of themselves, so often set aside during the daily routine of giving to the...

gimmick infringement

gimmick infringement  n.— «D-Generation X vs. Snitsky & Umaga DX do their usual routine, Trips mentions someone committed “gimmick infringement” as they say in the business (Michael Buffer for the whole “thousands in attendance” and...

jump on a case

jump on a case  v. phr.— «This kind of convoluted back-and-forth is common in prison; inmates do communicate, even when they are not supposed to. And it’s fairly routine for inmates to turn over—and sometimes even invent—damning material...

lip dub

lip dub  n.— «It was a pleasant surprise to find a little online refinement via the concept of “office lip dubs,” music videos made by 9-to-5ers from offices around the world. The videos are filmed in one long camera shot with...