It used to be that you called any mixed-breed dog a mutt. But at today’s dog parks, you’re just as likely to run into schnugs, bassadors, and dalmadoodles. Also, if someone has a suntan, you might say he’s brown as a berry. But then, when’s the last time you saw a berry that was brown? The story behind this phrase goes all the way back to Chaucer. And do you want your doctor practicing preventive medicine — or preventative? Plus, at bay, buy the farm, hand-running, all intents and purposes vs. all intensive purposes, silly Bible jokes, and hilariously useless lines from foreign language phrasebooks. This episode first aired April 25, 2014.
Don’t call these dogs mutts: they’re bassadors, schnugs and dalmadoodles.
When aviators speak of George flying the plane, they mean it’s on autopilot.
If the word consecutively doesn’t feel exciting enough, there’s always hand-running.
My postillion has been struck by lightning is one of many lines found in foreign language phrase books that have no real purpose. Mark Twain complained about the same thing in his essay, “The Awful German Language.”
A whole nother may feel right to say, at least informally, and you will find it in dictionaries, but it’s better to avoid it in formal writing and speech.
Sorry, travel industry PR people: honeyteering, as in “doing volunteer work on your honeymoon,” won’t catch on as a term. At least we hope not.
As members of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club know, Andy sometimes shook his head and declared, You’re a bird in this world, meaning that someone was unique or otherwise remarkable. The expression appears to have originated with the show’s writers or perhaps with Griffith himself.
Photo by Liz West. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Books Mentioned in the Episode
Music Used in the Episode
|Changeline Transmission||DJ Shadow||Endtroducing||Mo Wax|
|You Mess Me Up||The New Mastersounds||Out On The Faultline||One Note|
|Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt||DJ Shadow||Endtroducing||Mo Wax|
|What Does Your Sould Look Like Part 4||DJ Shadow||Endtroducing||Mo Wax|
|Way Out West||The New Mastersounds||Out On The Faultline||One Note|
|The Number Song||DJ Shadow||Endtroducing||Mo Wax|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book||Verve|