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Shibboleth. Casuistry. Recondite.Bubble vocabulary: the words you almost know, sometimes use, but are secretly unsure of.
Mad Men, Season 7, Part 1Matthew Weiner has no one to blame but himself for our forever reading the Mad Men tea leaves.
Getting to “Yes, And”How improv comedy skills became a must-have for entrepreneurs.
What Is the Time Signature of the Ominous Electronic Score of The Terminator?A Slate investigation.
Never Mop AgainThe new Scooba robot promises to scrub your floors clean. Does it really work?
“Man at His Best” Moves to TVEsquire launches a network for non-meathead-y dudes with cash to spare.
The Culture Gabfest “In a World Without Steve and Dana” EditionSlate's podcast about the new film In a World, experiments in online longform journalism, and “Blurred Lines.”
BackwashI tried a Japanese wonder toilet. Americans need to drastically rethink the way we clean our butts.
Is That App Really Worth Seven Bucks?The top five paid apps for Android and iOS, reviewed.
I'm a Luger, BabyI went to Lake Placid to sled like an Olympian. It was totally terrifying—and unbelievably fun.
How Do You Say Addictive in Spanish?The wonderful free language app that makes learning new tongues incredibly fun.
Reinventing the Smoke DetectorCan Nest—the company Google just paid $3.2 billion for—eliminate unwanted bleeps, chirps, and false alarms?
Reelin’ in the YearsSteely Dan’s Donald Fagen writes a portrait of the artist as a grumpy old man.
The Whitey Bulger TrialIn the least surprising verdict ever, the Boston gangster is very, very guilty. Here’s why the trial wasn’t a waste of time.
Greece in Crisis Photos from a nation struggling with closed banks, empty ATMs, rumors and uncertainty
The U.S. Isn’t Just Failing to Protect Electronics Workers From Toxic Substances. Their Kids Are Suffering, Too.
The XX Factor
The Latest Battle for Religious Women: Quran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
The Digital Demagogue The Greek prime minister’s faceoff with Europe is something new: a bold, imperfect, high-velocity form of mass democracy made possible by the Internet.