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Secrets, Shamans, and Sounding Gustav

Yep, it's another newsletter from A Way with Words! There's something kind of special about the language a family invents for its own use, so we talked about it on this past weekend's show. We also tried to narrow down the difference...

mundane

mundane  n.— «This is my best effort at a summary of Karyn Ashburn’s talk.…On those occasions when she showed up at a con to meet Elise, she saw lots of fans in groups talking. To her they seemed angry and rude. To Elise they seemed...

disemvowelling

disemvowelling  n.— «For those not familiar with the concept, disemvowelling, pioneered by Teresa Nielsen Hayden, is the most effective troll-repellent yet invented. You leave the troll’s comment up, but remove all the vowels from it...

palaeoaeolian

palaeoaeolian  n.— «Found a word my discussion leader professor wants to get used in scientific journals someday: palaeoaeolian. As in “palaeoaeolian rock”—a rock that was shaped by winds over the centuries. If it gets coined...

riggwelted

riggwelted  adj.— «I fled to Harry Ramsden’s for lunch, washed down with a bottle of the Black Sheep Brewery’s ale, Riggwelter. The label, decorated with an apparently dead ram, explained that “when a sheep is on its back and can’t...