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A Hoosier says her friends tease her about the way she says doofitty when she can’t think of the right word for something. Grant and Martha discuss the long list of linguistic placeholders, including whatchamacallit, doodad, deely-bobber...


A California man remembers going to the neighborhood bakery back home in Illinois and ordering bismarks. But these days he rarely hears this term for jelly doughnut, and wonders about its origin. This is part of a complete episode.

Wigs on the Green

This week’s Slang This! contestant guesses at the meaning of the slang expressions “wigs on the green” and “fake and bake.” This is part of a complete episode.


Grant and Martha read emails from listeners with suggested explanations as to how the term biffy came to mean “portable toilet.” This is part of a complete episode.

Bread and Butter Obstacles

They also discuss listener’s own stories about saying “bread and butter” when companions step around an obstacle that divides them. We also promised words for the experience of noticing a word for the first time and then feeling...

Spoonerisms with Greg Pliska

This week, our puzzle guy Greg Pliska joins us for a game of “Spoonerisms,” or the shifting of the initial consonant sounds in a pair of words. For example, common undergraduate college degree and online auction site. Got it? This is...