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So, Paint Chips Ahoy!

Howdy from Wordville! In this week’s archive edition of “A Way with Words,” we talk about Mushroom Basket, Moose Point, and other wacky names given to paint chips and nail polish colors. We also discussed the origin of...

Not the Sharpest Pickle in the Jar

Lots of things happening in Language Land these days! First, we were amused by the New York Times’ blog post titled, “Iceland Volcano Spews Consonants and Vowels.” We’ll say! Speaking of the word “blog,” Grant is...

Giving Up Atomic Wedgies for Lent

Hello and happy Ides of March! On this week's show, the topic was wedgie technique, specifically the difference between a "murphy" and a "melvin." We also talked about the origin of "mad props," the uses of...

pay-for

pay-for  n.— «One issue was how to pay for reform—the “pay-fors” as they are called. “There are problems with the pay-fors,” Chambliss said, adding that the President had specifically asked him if he could support...

fasthole

fasthole  n.— Note: From “fast” + “asshole.” «Fasthole—ˈfast—hōl (noun): Someone who thinks they’re better than another runner simply because they are faster. In my group of running friends, we use the name as a...

redheaded Eskimo

redheaded Eskimo  n.— «On Capitol Hill, legislation carefully tailored to the needs of a tiny constituency is sometimes called a “Redheaded Eskimo.” He is in the Jobs Creation Act under “expenses paid by certain whaling...

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