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Word of the Day: glitch

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A glitch is a problem that’s easily correctable. But the word is Yiddish for a slippery surface, or just a slip. In German, the verb glitschen means to “to slip.” In English, this makes glitch and glide unlikely cousins. But glitch is also a very modern word in English, having been around for just 48 years. The astronaut John Glenn popularized it as a small but unavoidable change in voltage that affects an electrical circuit.

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