A listener in Washington, D.C., says that his parents taught him that when guests were over for dinner and a family member had specks of food on his face, the polite way to surreptitiously nudge him into wiping it off was to say, “Look! There’s a gazelle on the lawn.” Is that unique to his family? This is part of a complete episode.

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