In today’s episode: Lani and Alastair continue Big Ideas Week by talking about allegory. And philosophy. And Plato’s Cave.

  • WordWonk: Said Book-ism

    An artificial verb used to avoid the word “said.” “Said” is one of the few invisible words in the English language and is almost impossible to overuse. It is much less distracting than “he retorted,” “she inquired,” “he ejaculated,” and other oddities. The term “said-book” comes from certain pamphlets, containing hundreds of purple-prose synonyms for the word “said,” which were sold to aspiring authors from tiny ads in American magazines of the pre-WWII era.

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