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Apple Core, Baltimore

Grant reads an email from a listener whose family used to play a game she calls “Apple Core, Baltimore.” This is part of a complete episode.

From the Head Down

“A fish stinks from the head down.” When an Indianapolis woman is quoted saying that, she’s accused of calling someone a stinky fish. She says she wasn’t speaking literally, insisting that this is a turn of phrase that means...

Etymology of Slang “Dude”

Dude, how’d we ever start using the word dude? The Big Grantbowski traces the word’s origin—it’s over 125 years old. Here’s a poem about dandy dudes from 1883, the year the word zoomed into common use. Ben Zimmer at Visual...

Random as an Adjective

Martha reads an email from a teach who finds her students using the word random as an adjective. Is this a wide-spread trend? This is part of a complete episode.

Hangover Cure

If you’re hung over, and someone offers you a little “hair of the dog,” you can rest assured you’re not being offered a sip of something with real dog hair in it. But was that always the case? Grant has the answer, and Martha...