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Episode 1603

If Grandma Had Wheels

While compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, lexicographer James Murray exchanged hundreds of letters a week with authors, advisors, and volunteer researchers. A new collection online lets you eavesdrop on discussions about which words should be...

Overnighted

Some office workers say their word processor’s spellchecker always flags the words overnighted and overnighting. Are those words acceptable in a business environment? This is part of a complete episode.

nerdfury

nerdfury  n.— «At that point, what drivingblind likes to call the nerdfury will begin. Posters will show up from nowhere to shower you with disdain, tell you how that place used to be good but has now totally sold out and—most important to...

historical rhyme

historical rhyme  n.— «Take George Bush. By whom I mean George Bush (1796-1859), first cousin of the president’s great-great-great-grandfather. It would be hard to find a more unlikely forebear.…He published his first book...

filmanthropy

filmanthropy  n.— «And fellow owner Ted Leonsis? Let him tell it: “I coined a term called “filmanthropy’” he said, referring to the $2 million he poured into a movie about violence in Nanking, China, in the 1930s...