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The Lipstick Express (minicast)

Hockey mom, mavericky, snow machines, and—how could we forget that other memorable phrase from the 2008 presidential campaign?—lipstick on a pig. Some new and not-so-new terms leapt onto the national stage during Gov. Sarah Palin‘s run for the...

Dust Bunnies and Ghost Turds

Here's another newsletter from A Way with Words! Who calls baby platypuses "puggles"? Who calls a playground slide a "sliding pond"? Who calls dust bunnies "slut's wool"? You can find out on the brand-new...

Reading the OED from A to Z (minicast)

Word nerd Ammon Shea quit his job as a furniture mover in New York City to spend an entire year reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary. The result, in addition to eyestrain, headaches, and skeptics’ puzzlement, was Shea’s new book...

spiff

spiff  n.— «Does Staples have a chance? You bet, because they have thousands of people walking into their retail stores every hour, giving them a huge customer base to contact. Although their Staple Business Advantage program for office...

flow

flow  n.— «These days, Mr. Macintosh is on “flow” from Etnies, meaning he receives shoes for free, in an informal sponsorship that is one of the ways companies support and nurture skateboarders, and, yes, advertise their brand...

momtourage

momtourage  n.— «There’s a new word out there—momtourage—to describe that group of people who provide a mother with the support she needs to get the job done, especially as the new school year starts.» —“’Momtourages’ lend a...

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