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What a Strange Couple of Years It Has Been!

With your support, 2021 will be a pivotal year for A Way with Words. With your help, and by tightening our budget, through 2019 and 2020, we’ve managed to weather the pandemic while still increasing listenership both on the radio and by...

Slake Your Thirst

To slake your thirst is to quench your thirst. But some people have been switching it to slate your thirst or other variants. It’s a classic case of an eggcorn, or one of those words that people mishear, and then start pronouncing incorrectly;...

Why Do Girls Wear Pink?

We all know that the color pink is for boys and the color blue is for girls — at least, that’s how it was 100 years ago. Grant and Martha share the surprising history behind the colors we associate with gender. Plus, we go rollin’ in our...

rock doc

rock doc  n.— «Then it will travel through another pipe 100 more miles to land, where it will be further processed and readied for distribution. That is, if the “rock docs” (the geologists) are right and there is a natural-gas...

pierrade

pierrade  n.— «Slate is a staple of rustic cooking in France and in Andorra, where Ripert grew up. The traditional method, called pierrade, involves heating a thick slab of slate over an open fire, though now most pierrade cooking is done...

sunka

sunka  n.— «Chonka is a board game with origins in Africa. It is extremely popular in Asia as well as on Guam and is sometimes called tsungka, sunka, or chuncajon. The game board is a wooden slate with bowl-like holes in the middle of the...