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Episode 1536

The Black Dog

Books were rare treasures in the Middle Ages, painstakingly copied out by hand. So how to protect them from theft? Scribes sometimes added a curse to the first page of those books that was supposed to keep thieves away — and some were as vicious as...

The Exception for Y’all

Alan from Austin, Texas, asks: How do y’all punctuate the contraction of you all? Is it y’all or ya’ll? You’d think it’d follow the pattern of she’ll and we’ll, but y’all is an exception to the rule...

The Eagle Has Landed

Howdy, folks! You still have three days to win a brand-new “A Way with Words” iPod Shuffle stocked with our 10 favorite episodes of the show, plus room for much more. To be eligible, take the listener feedback survey: It takes just a...

merked

merked  v.— «Bow is my # 1 boo forever and always so all yall little busdown wannabes need to back dat azz away fa you get merked.» —“Guestbook” by Jasmine Right On! Magazine Oct. 9, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued...

busdown

busdown  n.— «Hold up wait a minute mz b weezy don came up in it. Holl aback i love bow wow and 50 cent also but bow is my # 1 boo forever and always so all yall little busdown wannabes need to back dat azz away fa you get merked...