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Chicken Scratch and Creaky Voice

Whoa, hey! It's another newsletter from Martha and Grant, hosts of "A Way with Words." How's your handwriting? Penmanship is one of the things we talked about on our latest episode, as well as "creaky voice" (kind of the...

Let’s Blow This Joint

Salutations, Earthlings. Take me to your podcast! This week a caller sends us off on a slang-infested trip about saying fast good-byes. Listen as we blow pop, popcorn, and taco stands by way of author Jim Harrison, the comic strip Funky...

Let’s Blow This Joint (minicast)

A caller sends Grant and Martha off on a slang-infested trip about ways of saying a fast good-bye. Listen as they blow pop, popcorn, and taco stands by way of author Jim Harrison, the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, and a Warhol hanger-on.

mud-out

mud-out  n.— «“I trained with the CBA to get certified in what’s called “mud-out” and went from there,” he said. Mud-out is the process of removing carpets, drywall and other non-salvageable parts of homes damaged by...

sposy

sposy  n.— «I don’t even use a wipes warmer. Just squirt the solution on before use. For traveling I had been using sposy wipes, but just bought a tiny travel squirt bottle for the solution.» —“Cloth wipes/Make your own wipes...

stained-glass ceiling

stained-glass ceiling n. a barrier to the advancement of women within the hierarchy of a church. Etymological Note: This is a specific form of “glass ceiling,” which is the barrier to advancement of women in any profession. A related...