“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.” Martha talks about this weather proverb, which has been around in one form or another since ancient times. Grant shares a favorite weather word: slatch. Also this week: Is there a better alternative to the word mentee? What’s pooflapoo pie? This episode first aired March 6, 2010.
A Dallas listener and her boss have a dispute. The boss says the staff should get “on the stick.” The caller and her co-workers say the correct phrase is “on the ball.” Grant gives her an answer, then suggests a third option used in Hawaii: “on the kinipopo.”
Grant shares another weather-related word from Britain: parky.
A caller named Todd says that when people meet him for the first time, they sometimes call him Scott, even if he’s wearing a nametag with his real name on it. It’s happened too many times to be a coincidence, he says, and wonders if there’s something about the double letters that registers the wrong name in people’s minds. Why do we get other people’s names wrong?
Whip up a big batch of pistachio pudding, then add pineapple, walnuts, Cool Whip, and marshmallow bits, and what do you have? A Los Angeles woman says her grandmother used to make a dish with those ingredients that she called pooflapoo pie. Is that just her family’s name for it, or do other people refer to it that way? Other people call it Watergate salad or ambrosia.
A police officer says that the prosecutor edits out the word “that” from the reports he submits, as in, “The subject stated that he met the co-defendant at a party.” Is the word “that” necessary here? Martha and Grant disagree. Also, the cop also has a brain-teaser for the hosts: Can you use the word “that” five times consecutively in a sentence correctly?
A woman says that when playing hide-and-seek with a small child, her mother-in-law says “peep-eye!” instead of “peekaboo!” Is that usage limited to certain parts of the country? And where do they say “pee-bo!”?
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Music Used in the Episode
|Bubble Gum||The 9th Creation||Bubble Gum||Pony Canyon Japan|
|Red Onion||Groove Holmes||New Groove||Groove Merchant|
|Mystical Brotherhood||Karl Hector and The Malcouns||Sahara Swing||Now-Again|
|Jellybread||Booker T and The MG’s||Soul Dressing||Stax|
|Chicken Pox||Booker T and The MG’s||Melting Pot||Stax|
|Mello (Version)||Karl Hector and The Malcouns||Sahara Swing||Now-Again|
|Mango Meat||Mandrill||Just Outside Of Town||Collectables|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Fred Astaire||JFred Astaire’s Finest Hour||Verve|