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Episode 1557

Sock it to Me

In the 15th century, the word respair meant “to have hope again.” Although this word fell out of use, it’s among dozens collected in a new book of soothing vocabulary for troubled times. Plus, baseball slang: If a batter...

Happy New Year

Greetings, oh wordy ones! We're on vacation, so this past weekend's broadcast was a repeat--uh, "encore presentation"--that originally aired December 2nd and 3rd. It's the one in which we geek-out over...

dually

dually  n.— «The ability to see over other traffic is a big plus, and the width of the cab assures the driver doesn’t snag the rear tires or even the bodywork in a close maneuver—commonly a problem with big dually pickups...

pony backfield

pony backfield  n.— «Childress said it was also possible both players could be on the field at the same time in certain sets. “We could run what’s called a pony backfield,” Childress said. “We did that in Philadelphia...

snag golf

snag golf  n.— «Future duffers are being taught through physical education classes at the schools using Velcro balls and targets in what is called snag golf.» —“Golfers in training” by Ginny Peterson Star...