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An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

A show about the mysteries of English.
Sept. 21 2015 9:46 AM

An Ambitious Enterprise, Quixotic and Unavailing

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a very wasteful word with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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

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