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By popular demand. The famous Boston accent and special vocabulary returns:

 'Everybody says words different,' said Ivy. 'Arkansas folks says 'em different, and Oklahomy folks says 'em different. And we seen a lady from Massachusetts, an' she said 'em different of all. Couldn't hardly make out what she was sayin'!' "
-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939.

Boston Accent: Park the Car at Harvard Yard, Allergy, Answer, Antenna, Bar, Barber, Better, Gloucester, Cellar

Boston Vocabulary: Signal, Drinking fountain, Remote control, Wicked, Trash can, Soda, Frappe, Milkshake, Fresh, Tubby, Piggies, Hun, Jimmies, Rotary, Pisser

http://www.universalhub.com/glossary/

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Brainwashing, China, Chopsticks, Chop suey, Dim Sum, Ginseng, Ketchup, Tea

http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/chineseloan.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Chinese_origin

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4 dictionaries choose 4 "Word of the Year" words for 2017 .

Feminism (Merriam-Webster), Complicit (Dictionary.Com), Fake News (Collins), Youthquake (Oxford).

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Once in a blue moon, Where there's smoke, there's fire, The fish rots from the head down, Hard as nails, Diamonds are forever.

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-a-blue-moon-2012-8

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/once-in-a-blue-moon-and-other-idioms-that-dont-make-scientific-sense-76485092/

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https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/lewis-sandler/origin-of-american-idioms-and-slang?refid=stpr

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Escape by the Skin of One's Teeth, A Drop in the Bucket, A Scapegoat, The Ends of the Earth, O My God (OMG)

https://www.rd.com/culture/common-bible-phrases/

 

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Interesting conversation with 8 cool Chinese university students in Beijing who share their life, loves, studies and maybe a secret or two!
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61/2 years of podcasts and nearly 1000 words, idioms and slang
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Trumpian, Trumponomics, Trumpertantrum, Trumpkin, Trumpflation, Trumpist, Trumpette, Trumpista

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https://oxfordstudent.com/2017/02/04/oxford-english-dictionary-considering-inclusion-trump-expressions/

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5 Random Idioms (#91)

This is a repeat of popular podcast # 91 from August 10, 2014.

As Happy as a Clam;  Beating a Dead Horse;  Close, But No Cigar;  Hissy Fit;  My Bad

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After 5 years of trying to interview him, Bob finally sits down in our Beijing studio to reveal the truth of life, poetry, happiness and much more. If you wanna be in the know, you gotta listen to Bob. 

Over 7 years of podcasts, thousand words, phrases, slang and idioms.image_4_edited-2.jpg

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Billution (#119)

Billution, a portmanteau of two words: bicycle+pollution

for more portmanteaus see podcast #51

http://lewissandler.podbean.com/e/portmanteaus-51/

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/ofo-chinese-bike-sharing-start-up-says-its-now-worth-more-than-2-billion.html

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A worker from the bike share company Ofo puts a damaged bike on a pile at a makeshift repair depot for the company where thousands of derelict bikes are being kept after coming off the road on March 29, 2017 in Beijing, China.

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