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Philtrum, the Love Dimple

Greetings earthlings!

In our latest podcast, Martha muses about the "love dimple." You know, that little dent in your upper lip? It's called a "philtrum." The erotic origins of this word prove once again that etymology is nothing if not sexy.


By the way, we're on the hunt for contestants for our "Slang This!" quiz. We'll find out on the air what you know about a couple of juicy slang terms. If you want to play, all you need to do is send us your full name, location, a daytime telephone number, and your favorite slang word.

In next week's podcast, Martha discusses Southern speech.

Let's close this brief missive with news: we plan to have brand-spanking-new one-hour episodes of the show in November.

Stay tuned!

Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

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