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Mare's nest
  日期:2007-06-30 15:30:52
  Word for the WiseJanuary 23, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Mare's nest A woman who stumbled across the phrase mare's nest in a crossword puzzle was puzzled about its meaning. We knew it named a place, condition, or situation of great untidiness, disorder, or
Edith Wharton and National Compliment Day
  日期:2007-06-30 15:28:23
  Word for the WiseJanuary 24, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Edith Wharton and National Compliment Day Today we celebrate both the birth anniversary of Edith Wharton and National Compliment Day. The idea behind National Compliment Day is that participants pass
Virginia Woolf
  日期:2007-06-30 15:25:50
  Word for the WiseJanuary 25, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Virginia Woolf 125 years ago today, Adeline Virginia Stephen was born. Yes, Virginia did grow up to be the novelist, short story writer, and essayist whose struggles with depression and mental illnes
Freethinkers' Day
  日期:2007-06-30 15:19:59
  Word for the WiseJanuary 29, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Freethinkers' Day Today is Freethinkers' Day. The date is chosen in honor of Thomas Paine, the American freethinker extraordinaire who was born on this date in 1737. A freethinker, as we've mentioned
A day of violence
  日期:2007-06-30 15:17:32
  Word for the WiseJanuary 30, 2007 Broadcast Topic: A day of violence Today is a day of violence and would-be violence among all sorts of leaders. England's King Charles the First was executed on January 30th, 1649. Twelve years later to the day, the
Thirty pieces of silver and potter's field
  日期:2007-06-30 15:15:09
  Word for the WiseJanuary 31, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Thirty pieces of silver and potter's field Following up a recent program on the phrase thirty pieces of silver with one on potter's field is a natural development. If that comes as a surprise, we'll
Gigman, babbit, and booboisie
  日期:2007-06-30 15:12:33
  Word for the WiseDecember 04, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Gigman, babbit, and booboisie Thomas Carlyle was born on this date in 1795. A passionate historian, and fallen-away Calvinist, the Scottish-born writer influenced movements as diverse as existential
Irrational exuberance
  日期:2007-06-30 15:10:04
  Word for the WiseDecember 05, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Irrational exuberance We don't often mark the anniversary of the day the Chairman of the Federal Reserve makes a particular remark, but we would guess that if we asked what phrasing Alan Greenspan m
Sabotage and piggyback
  日期:2007-06-30 15:07:47
  Word for the WiseDecember 06, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Sabotage and piggyback Today we answer two questions that landed in our mailbox after shows on sabotage and piggyback . We begin with sabotage. Our correspondent had wondered if sabotage, which is p
Pearl Harbor
  日期:2007-06-30 15:05:18
  Word for the WiseDecember 07, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Pearl Harbor The 65th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941 left us with the sinking feeling we had nothing left to say. We have already talked about words that first appeared in print i
Renunciation and abdication
  日期:2007-06-30 15:02:52
  Word for the WiseDecember 11, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Renunciation and abdication 70 years ago today, less than a year after assuming the throne, Britains Edward the Eighth performed his last official act as monarch: he gave his royal assent to His Maj
Popinjay
  日期:2007-06-30 15:00:20
  Word for the WiseDecember 12, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Popinjay A fellow of our acquaintance recently damned someone as a popinjay . The fellow then took it back, but not before we took advantage of the opportunity to study up on such an odd imprecation
Rue the day
  日期:2007-06-30 14:57:40
  Word for the WiseDecember 13, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Rue the day Although herbalist fabulists may rue todays program, word lovers committed to truthtelling will, we hope, be glad were weeding out tall tales today. The way the story in question goes, t
Nostradamus
  日期:2007-06-30 14:55:04
  Word for the WiseDecember 14, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Nostradamus Pat yourself on the back if you knew we were going to be discussing predictions today. Today we honor the work of French physician Michel de NostredameLatinized Nostradamuswho was born o
Terms of 1791
  日期:2007-06-30 14:52:42
  Word for the WiseDecember 15, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Terms of 1791 The Bill of Rights, which guarantees to the American people certain fundamental rights and privileges, became effective 215 years ago today, on December 15th, 1791. While we Americans
Pandemonium
  日期:2007-06-30 14:49:55
  Word for the WiseDecember 18, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Pandemonium 50 years ago today, the game show To Tell the Truth made its television premiere. To tell the truth, when the show started, it was called Nothing But the Truth. No matter what it was cal
Carter Godwin Woodson
  日期:2007-06-30 14:47:05
  Word for the WiseDecember 19, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Carter Godwin Woodson Carter Godwin Woodson, the first of nine children, was born to two former slaves on this date in 1875. Carter Woodsons life story is inspiring: a coal miner who didnt attend hi
Zuzu's petals
  日期:2007-06-30 14:44:24
  Word for the WiseDecember 20, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Zuzu抯 petals 60 years ago today, Its a Wonderful Life made its premiere. That Jimmy Stewart movie was classic Capra: a warmhearted parable that celebrated the inherent goodness of the all-American
Philadelphia lawyer
  日期:2007-06-30 14:41:21
  Word for the WiseDecember 21, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Philadelphia lawyer Unfortunately for us, the American right to free speechand to a free pressdoes not guarantee that we will always be right. Case in point: on a recent program on John Peter Zenger
Bit and byte
  日期:2007-06-30 14:38:44
  Word for the WiseDecember 22, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Bit and byte A recent program on two bits left a listener hungry for a little more information. To be more precise, he observed that in his computer world, two bits does add up to something: a bit o
Christmas
  日期:2007-06-30 14:36:23
  Word for the WiseDecember 25, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Christmas Merry, merry Christmas to all. And to all who are finally breathing a sigh of relief that the shopping-wrapping-gifting frenzy is done: put on a pot of coffee and reflect on these Christma
Boxing
  日期:2007-06-30 14:33:36
  Word for the WiseDecember 26, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Boxing Traditionally, Boxing Daythe first working day after Christmasis a day when folks celebrate by giving service workers presentsChristmas boxes, as theyre known in the Commonwealth. Now that we
Chopsticks
  日期:2007-06-30 14:30:51
  Word for the WiseDecember 27, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Chopsticks A friends question about the origin of chopsticks sent us looking up the business end of pidgin English. The form of speech known as pidgin English usually has a simplified grammar and a
Poor Richard
  日期:2007-06-30 14:28:07
  Word for the WiseDecember 28, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Poor Richard Back on this date in 1732, readers of the Pennsylvania Gazette might have noticed an advertisement (in fact, the first advertisement) for Poor Richards Almanac, then at the start of wha
Preposterous, absurd, and ludicrous
  日期:2007-06-30 14:25:52
  Word for the WiseNovember 01, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Preposterous, absurd, and ludicrous A longtime listener musing about words toyed with the idea of ranking certain adjectives. How does one locate absurd in comparison with preposterous , for example
Epitaphs
  日期:2007-06-30 14:23:42
  Word for the WiseNovember 02, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Epitaphs Not only is today All Souls?Day; it is also Plan Your Epitaph Day. Cemetery lovers (and yes, count us in that group) might want to get some ideas from the stone-inscribed tombstones themsel
Impoverished
  日期:2007-06-30 14:21:02
  Word for the WiseNovember 03, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Impoverished When we described Doctor Samuel Johnson as the impoverished son of a bookseller [who left our lexicon a wealth of writings , we were taken by the notion of linking literary forms while
Sax and Sousa
  日期:2007-06-30 14:18:18
  Word for the WiseNovember 06, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Sax and Sousa Folks who march to a beat of their own ?and folks who prefer to blow their own horns ?may want to strike up the band in celebration today. Not only is today the birth anniversary of An
Nonce words
  日期:2007-06-30 14:15:31
  Word for the WiseNovember 07, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Nonce words This Election Day we抮e recalling November seventh, nineteen-forty-four, the day Franklin Delano Roosevelt won his final ?and fourth ?presidential election. This unusual event (we challe
Sweet, fly, and solid
  日期:2007-06-30 13:11:08
  Word for the WiseNovember 08, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Sweet, fly, and solid Astronomer Edmond Halley was born on this date in sixteen-fifty-six. Halley, you may remember, is the fellow who correctly predicted the return of the comet that now bears his
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