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Episode 1464

Lie Like a Rug

The words we choose can change attitudes — and change lives. A swing-dance instructor has switched to gender-neutral language when teaching couples. He says that using words like “leader” and “follower” actually works better...

Gender Neutral Dance Terms

A swing-dance instructor in Burlington, Vermont, says gender-neutral language has been well-received in his own dance classes. Instead of the words man and woman, he now uses leader and follower. He reports this not only helps clarify his...

Get out of My Bathtub

Why do we say “get out of my bathtub” when we’re in sync on a playground swing with the person next to us? Listeners suggest that maybe it’s because you’re swinging “in sink.” This is part of a complete...

Talibangical

Talibangical  adj.— «Rounds is proposing free HPV vaccines to be distributed by the state. The talibangical far right don’t want it and are probably pretty steamed that Rounds would want to help people not die from cancer.» —“...

black scale

black scale  n.— «The pentatonic scale is sometimes called the black scale, as so many Negro spirituals are pentatonic: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Deep River” were named. (I happen to know that...

death drop

death drop  n.— «A friend pulled her into a swing-dance move called a death drop. It’s not as suicidal as it sounds—it’s also commonly called a windowshade, “sort of a cross between a dip and a flip.”» —“Swing...