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Episode 1598

Blue Streak

How long can a newly married woman be called a bride? Does bride apply only as long as her wedding day, or does it extend right on through the couple’s silver anniversary and beyond? Plus, insightful advice about writing from a Pulitzer...

Video Game Jargon “Proc”

Brian from Washington, D.C., wonders about the term proc. It’s used by video-game enthusiasts to refer to an event triggered by particular circumstances or actions. Proc can also be used as a verb, and apparently derives from spec_proc, a...

Irish Expression for “Get Over It”

A Washington, D.C., caller says her dad would console her with the saying “Don’t worry, it will be better before you’re married.” Which is really less a heartfelt consolation than it is a better way to say, get over it. The...

Attraction Abbreviations

In Washington, DC, National Park Service employees refer to Ford’s Theater as FOTH, Peterson House as PEHO, and the Washington Monument as WAMO. This is part of a complete episode.

pawsenger

pawsenger  n.— «Your pets will be begging to fly on PetAirways, an animal-friendly airline launching July 14 and serving five cities—Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Among the airline’s amenities, dogs and...