Sleepy Winks - 10 January 2022

Sleepy Winks - 10 January 2022

Update: 2022-01-10
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It was a dark and stormy night. So begins the long and increasingly convoluted prose of Edwards Bulwer-Lytton’s best-known novel. Today the annual Bulwer-Lytton Contest asks contestants for fanciful first sentences that are similarly convoluted and over-the-top — often with hilarious results. Plus: George Orwell’s prescient novel 1984 gave us the terrifying image of Big Brother and helped popularize words like doublespeak and Orwellian. And is there a word for fallen snow while leaves still remain on the trees? Also: motor vs. enginecapitol vs. capitalwannabe vs. wannabeescrape acquaintance, a quiz about words that link other words, Tutivillisskell gel, complementary alternation discourse constructions, and words for “eye boogers” in Hungarian, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Scots, and English.


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Sleepy Winks - 10 January 2022

Sleepy Winks - 10 January 2022

Hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. Produced by Stefanie Levine.