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Episode 1502

Mimeographs and Dittos

How colors got their names, and a strange way to write. The terms blue and orange arrived in English via French, so why didn’t we also adapt the French for black and white? • Not every example of writing goes in one direction across the page...

The True Alchemists

In his collection of essays, A Temple of Texts, writer William Gass observed: “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” This is part of a complete episode.


yumptious  adj.— «The other chose, as usual, the “Sabayon Fielding”—a yumptious creation which the inventor was kind enough to name in our honor several years ago.» —“Next Time You’re In Belgium Try This Pint-Size...