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Where did the term "cry uncle" come from? Does the phrase "the whole shebang" come from the Irish word "shabeen" ("a disreputable drinking establishment")? What is the odd word out in this group: "bigot," "saloon," "quiche," and "tornado"? If these questions pique your interest, you'll want to check out A Way with Words, an hour long weekly podcast about all things language. Hosted by Martha...