Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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Melissa Block talks with Ben Greenman, who writes for the Culture Desk blog of The New Yorker, about the tongue-in-cheek contest he's overseeing to purge some words from the English language. The first to be killed? "Slacks." But readers had plenty more reading for the offing. Greenman talks about some of those words and what the fate of "slacks" will be.
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