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When Kids Start Speaking Late

Some children don’t talk until they’re age three or older, then go on to do just fine. Why do some kids start speaking relatively late in life? The hosts talk about a recent Ask MetaFilter thread on that topic. This is part of a complete...

Etymology of Homie

A Connecticut listener is suspicious of a Wikipedia entry that claims the slang term homie derives from Latin homo, meaning man. This is part of a complete episode.

Sugar-Coated Snark

You’ve been on the receiving end of backhanded phrases, and admit it, you’ve used them, too. A discussion on Ask MetaFilter prompts Grant and Martha to talk about the ways people use sugar-coated snark. By the way, if you want a fancy...


 n.—Gloss: A needle exchange program. «Liverpool did not have the world’s first needlex.» —“Needle Exchange in the USA” by Maias Metafilter Aug. 16, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


triple  n.— «Who is Bill Clinton’s wife? What’s the capital city of Oregon? What is Britney Spears’ mother’s name? The answers to these and other factual questions are now displayed above natural search results in Google and the...

Bada-Bing, Bada-Boom

An upstate New York listener of Italian descent is curious about two favorite expressions: “fuggeddabouddit” and “bada-bing, bada-boom.” This is part of a complete episode.