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Episode 1470

Coast is Clear

In the military, if you’ve lost the bubble, then you can’t find your bearings. The term first referred to calibrating the position of aircraft and submarines. • The phrase the coast is clear may originate in watching for invaders...

Smitten, Smite

A woman who is fond of the word smitten is curious about about the word’s origin. Smitten is the past participle of smite, so if you’re smitten with someone, you’re struck by them, metaphorically speaking. This is part of a...


smitten  n.—Gloss: A heart-shaped knitted sleeve or muff for covering the junction of two people holding hands. «Knit a Smitten for you and your lover… or for a loved one to use as a muff…either way, nothing says love quite...

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