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Trip the Light Fantastic

Have you been asked to trip the light fantastic? This phrase, meaning “dance the night away,” dates back to a poem by John Milton from 1640. This is part of a complete episode.

Bless Your Sugar-Coated Tell-All

First, a big welcome to our new listeners in Waco, Texas, where we'll be the public-radio airwaves there starting Sunday night at 9 on 103.3 FM, Waco NPR! If your local public radio station still doesn't air "A Way with Words,"...

Tweet, Tweet! Polly Wanna Cracker?

Hey, hey, hey! It's another fat newsletter from "A Way with Words"! We never run out of things to talk about. Take this past weekend's show, for example. We tracked down the history of "Polly wanna cracker." It turns out...

Road Trip!

Welcome to another edition of the A Way with Words newsletter! On the air this past weekend we chatted with listeners about the driving games "padiddle" and "slug bug," about the pronunciation of "aunt," about the...

smogged

smogged  v.— «Andrew had brought Bob to be smogged on Monday and this 25-year-old vehicle did not pass.» —“A trip to Baja with Bob” by Sharron Esler Sierra Sun (Truckee, California) Apr. 16, 2004. (source:...