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1487-Caller-David-Brand-Spanking-New by A Way with Words

The spanking in the phrase brand spanking new has been used as an intensifier since the 16th century, and may be related to a Danish word meaning to strut. 10 more words

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1487-Britney-Anagram by A Way with Words

The name Britney Spears anagrams to the name a certain Protestant denomination. http://waywordradio.org via Pocket http://ift.tt/2B5EN2U

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1487-Caller-Jack-Bullseye by A Way with Words

An 8-year-old from San Diego wonders about the origin of the term bullseye. http://waywordradio.org via Pocket http://ift.tt/2k9idMp

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1487-Caller-Jonah-Souge by A Way with Words

A North Carolina man moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and encountered puzzlement when he used the word souge to mean plunge into water or immerse abruptly. 26 more words

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1487-Caller-Katia-Fungible-Words by A Way with Words

Can words ever be perfect synonyms? No. Words can have approximate synonyms, but there are always shades of implicit and explicit meaning. Consider, for example, the terms butt and derriere. 21 more words

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1487-Caller-Luis-Mispronounced-Name by A Way with Words

A Corpus Christi, Texas, man named Luis is exasperated when people insist on pronouncing his name LOO-is rather than Loo-EES, which is the way he prefers, and reflects his Spanish-speaking heritage. 18 more words

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1487-Caller-Nina-Steel-Knights by A Way with Words

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, woman serves on a committee that is choosing a new school. Some members propose calling their sports teams the Steel Knights. But is the term knight gender-neutral? 9 more words

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