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We have books that should be on every language lover's wish list, plus a couple of recommendations for history buffs. Plus: how did the word boondoggle come to denote a wasteful project? The answer involves the Boy Scouts, a baby, a craft project, and a city council meeting. Plus, wordplay with palindromes. Instead of reversing just individual letters, some palindromes reverse entire words! Like this one: You can cage a swallow, but you can't swallow a cage, can you? Also, squeaky clean, Dad, icebox, search it up, pretend vs. pretentious, toe-counting rhymes, comb the giraffe, and a Korean song about carrots. Listen to all episodes for free: https://waywordradio.org/ Support the show to keep episodes coming: https://waywordradio.org/donate Your responses, questions, and comments are welcomed at any time! https://waywordradio.org/contact email@example.com Listener line 1 (877) 929-9673 toll-free in the US and Canada Text/SMS +1 (619) 567-9673 Copyright Wayword, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation. All rights reserved.…read more