PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, researchers in Australia were interested in making the roads safer for cyclists. As a result of their study, they have suggested that we ban what?
TOM BODETT: Spandex.
BODETT: I'm just tossing out ideas here...
SAGAL: No, no.
BODETT: ...At this point. I need a hint.
SAGAL: Well, this is true. They're suggesting instead the phrase people who cycle.
BODETT: Oh, stop calling them cyclists.
SAGAL: Exactly right.
(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)
BODETT: Oh, because that's just, like, objectifying...
SAGAL: You have figured it out.
SAGAL: Yeah. There you are. That's exactly right. You may think cyclist is a neutral term like violinist or sexist. But...
SAGAL: ...According to the authors of a study in the Journal of Traffic Psychology and Behavior, cyclist is a dehumanizing term like cockroach.
SAGAL: And it makes it easier for drivers to sideswipe them, feel aggressive, even throw things at them.
BODETT: It's like when people...
SAGAL: So instead, they are suggesting that instead of saying cyclist, we say people who cycle - as in, I threw a beer bottle at a person who cycles, and boy, was that satisfying.
ROXANNE ROBERTS: But wouldn't you have to say a person who drives threw a beer bottle at a person who cycles?
PETER GROSZ: No. You'd have to say a person who drives threw a bottle that beers at a...
GROSZ: ...At a person who cycles.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BIKE SONG")
MARK RONSON AND THE BUSINESS INTL: (Singing) Gonna ride my bike until I get home.
SAGAL: Coming up, if you think lying is annoying, wait until you hear this week's bluff game. Call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to play. We'll be back in a minute with more of WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME from NPR.
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