Lexicon Valley: What’s the Etymology of Discombobulate?

A show about the mysteries of English.
July 28 2014 12:31 PM

Where Did Discombobulate Come From?

Listen to Slate’s show about the etymology of a most unusual word, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 39: LinguaFile I

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the history of the word discombobulate with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on discombobulate, visit Zimmer's Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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