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Road Trip!

Welcome to another edition of the A Way with Words newsletter! On the air this past weekend we chatted with listeners about the driving games "padiddle" and "slug bug," about the pronunciation of "aunt," about the...

bandonym

bandonym  n.— «More singer-songwriters have noticed that you don’t need a “bandonym” (in critic Carl Wilson’s useful coinage) to wrap yourself in myth.» —“The Writ Stuff” by Franklin...

frontbum

frontbum  n.— «Cat-abandoner John Tamihere is standing at Waitakere City—I wonder if he’ll have any luck getting the frontbums, as he likes to call women, to vote for him.» —“Roll on up for council oddballs” by Linley...

ambulance-chasing

ambulance-chasing  n.— «Scientists sensationalize stuff because they get noticed… They’re staking out their territory, causing alarm, so that there’s more funding in that area.…There is more and more a trend to what some people...

boss lift

boss lift  n.— «Local cavalry troopers doing annual training at the National Guard’s Camp Minden this week and next will get unusual inspections Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, they’ll get the once-over from their bosses in what the...

witchy-poo

witchy-poo  n.— «”People don’t understand what I do, and I have been trying to debunk the typical witchy-poo stuff from the beginning,” said Lady Sintana, a former burlesque dancer and the granddaughter of a Baptist minister...

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