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A Mother’s Playful Interjections

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A Green Bay, Wisconsin, caller is curious about her mother’s playful interjections. If someone said, “Well,” her mother would add, “Well, well. Three holes in the ground.” If someone started a sentence with “So” she’d interject, “Buttons on your underwear!” Or if someone said, “See,” she’d add “Said the blind man as he picked up a hammer and saw.” And if they were watching a movie and the dramatic tension rose, she’d declare, “The thought plickens!” The caller wonders if those expressions date back to a particular era or context, and says she’s now taught them to her Indonesian husband. This is part of a complete episode.

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