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Cultural Cringe

The term cultural cringe refers to a tendency to regard one’s own culture as inferior to that of another. This is part of a complete episode.

Lawnmower Parents

“Helicopter parents” are so named because of their tendency to hover over their children’s lives. A Kentucky listener who made an initial college visit with her son reports two variations that she learned from staffers:...

Atavistic Words

You know those words whose meanings never seem to stick in your mind, no matter how many times you flip back to the dictionary? Martha wrestles with the term atavistic, meaning “the tendency to revert to ancestral characteristics.” She...

dittoism

dittoism  n.— «There is a tendency in favour of what is called “dittoism,” i.e., everyone thinking the same thought without a healthy tendency to break the uniformity of thought.» —“EDITORIAL: NWFP’s security is...

Kay in a Poetry Brothel Is Funny

Memorial Day good wishes to you and the remembered. Here's another newsletter from "A Way with Words." Did you miss us? There was no newsletter last week, so now we have two brand-spanking-new episodes to share. This past...

weisure

weisure  n.— «“Weisure,” Conley’s term for our increasing tendency to work during leisure time, thanks to advances in portable personal technology.» —“Why We Work More For Less” by Gilbert Cruise Time Jan...