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Canadian Vowels

A Dallas listener says he was confused at first when a friend from rural North Dakota reported coming home and finding a moose in his kitchen. Only later did he learn what difference the so-called Canadian raising of a vowel can make. More about...

Wacky Names for Colors

Bavarian Chalet. Mushroom Basket. Moose Point. Who in the heck comes up with the names of paint, anyway? Must be the same people who get paid to give names like Love Child, Sellout, and Apocalypse to shades of lipstick. Martha and Grant discuss...

tampon top

tampon top
 n.— «Red-heads are sometimes referred to as “tampon tops.”» —“Menstruation and redheads” by Dawn Starin OnMedica Dec. 22, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Platypus Puggles

A biology student at Stanford University has a question that’s surely on the minds of many listeners: Is there’s an official term for “baby platypus”? He’s heard the term puggle used to denote these cute little...

Moose-Tanned Slang This!

In this week’s “Slang This!,” a member of the National Puzzlers’ League from Boston tries to guess the meaning of four possible slang terms, including labanza, woefits, prosciutto, and moose-tanned. This is part of a complete...