On this week’s Friday News Feedbag, we talk to Kory Stamper, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster about how the modern English language came to be. And what makes it so difficult to learn.

Here’s a clip of Kory discussing the use of slang for the dictionary:

We also find out that flea circuses were very real and we discuss our top two science stories of the week. We also get to your emails and Facebook comments during our social liaison portion of the show.

The Friday News Feedbag podcast pits Discovery News reporters James Williams and Jorge Ribas in a head-to-head match with only one science story at their disposal. Host Will Johnson keeps order.

If this is your first exposure to the Friday News Feedbag… we’re glad to have you in the club. Welcome to Feedbag Nation, which stems from our weekly science news podcast that you can subscribe to here on iTunes and chat with fellow Feedbaggers on Facebook.

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