Why Businesses Charge Sneaky Fees & Where Slang Comes From

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Nothing is more infuriating to me than paying sneaky little fees. There are fees for everything and the result is that nothing really costs what the price tag says – it’s the price PLUS all the fees. Bob Sullivan has been spreading the word about the stupidity and unfairness of fees for a long time. He is author of the book Gotcha Capitalism (https://amzn.to/2x9R2aR) and he joins me to explain why there are so many fees and how you can fight back!

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Where does slang come from? Why do slang words mostly come and go while others stick around for a long time? Could you create a slang word and have it catch on? Tom Dalzell has been studying slang for a long time and has written several books about it including The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English (https://amzn.to/2p2ksDi). Listen as we discuss the importance of slang in our language and how some slang words make it and some don’t.

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