Is typing two spaces after a period “totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong?” Also, is the language of the movie True Grit historically accurate? Also, shut your pie-hole, Southern grammar, oh my Lady Gaga, and a little town called “Podunk.” This episode first aired February 13, 2011.
How many spaces go after a period? Your schoolteacher may have taught you to use two, but others strongly disagree.
Shut your piehole! means “Shut your mouth!” Need more slang terms for the mouth? For starters, there’s potato trap, tater trap, tatty trap, bun trap, gingerbread trap, kissing trap, fly trap, rattle trap, baconhole, and cakehole.
Multiple modals, as in the phrase “I thought y’all may would have some more of them,” have their own logic and are well understood by many in the American South. The Database of Multiple Modals compiled by Paul Reed and Michael Montgomery is here.
Martha reads a love sonnet by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Here’s the text of the original Spanish, with an English translation by Mark Eisner. And here’s a lovely audio rendering of the poem in Spanish.
Photo by veganLazySmurf. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Music Used in the Episode
|Transatlantic||Quantic||Apricot Morning||Tru Thoughts|
|The 5th Exotic||Quantic||The 5th Exotic||Tru Thoughts|
|Live Right Now||Eddie Harris||Plug Me In||Atlantic|
|Mishaps Happening||Quantic||Mishaps Happening||Ubiquity Records|
|It’s Crazy||Eddie Harris||Plug Me In||Atlantic|
|Powerhouse||Chester Thompson||Powerhouse||Black Jazz|
|Whiter Shade Of Pale||Procol Harum||Procol Harum||SALVO|
|More Bounce To The Ounce||Zapp & Roger||More Bounce To The Ounce And Other Hits||Flashback|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Fred Astarie||Fred Astaire’s Finest Hour||Verve|