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A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix. It’s a Real Humdinger!

A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix. It’s a Real Humdinger!

A show about the mysteries of English.
Oct. 19 2015 10:47 AM

A Drone, a Bell, and a Suffix. It’s a Real Humdinger!

The panelists discuss a piece of old American slang.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 71:

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Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word humdinger 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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