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Your Imaginary Boyfriend (episode #1581)

We use the term Milky Way for that glowing arc across the sky. But how people picture it varies from culture to culture. In Sweden, that starry band goes by a name that means “Winter Street,” and in Hawaii, a term for the Milky Way...

Pulmonic Ingressive

In Ireland you’ll find that some folks have an odd habit of gasping in mid-conversation. A Texan who lived in Dublin for years says he found this speech trait disconcerting. The hosts explain that this “pulmonic ingressive” is...

cold-ironing

cold-ironing  v.— «The state of Alaska has imposed emission regulations in respect of soot, with quite severe penalties if exceeded, and several harbours in Sweden require cold ironing or emission reductions when some of the larger ferries...

rollator

rollator  n.— «His sister-in-law commented that older people in Sweden sustain their stamina by walking behind a so-called rollator. Unlike a conventional “clomp and stomp” walker, a rollator glides over pavement, carpet...

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