A listener in Carmel, New York, remembers his father’s phrase knuckle down, screw bony tight, a challenge called out to someone particularly adept at playing marbles. The game of marbles, once wildly popular in the United States, is a rich source of slang, including the phrase playing for keeps. This is part of a complete episode.
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- Charismatic Animals 02/20/2017: After researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego discovered a seahorse-like creature called the ruby sea dragon, they described this brilliant red... [more]
- Questions As Veiled Criticisms 02/20/2017: A psychotherapist in Burlington, Vermont, observes that couples in counseling together ask each other questions that are actually veiled criticisms. Such indirect communication was the... [more]
- Pronouncing The Word "The" 02/20/2017: A Palm Springs, California, listener was taught that when the word the is followed by a vowel, it should be pronounced with a long e,... [more]
- Slap-Up Champing 02/20/2017: The Churches Conservation Trust helps maintain and repurpose more than 300 churches in Britain that are no longer used for worship. To raise money for... [more]