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Language of Fires

A recent fire in Grant’s apartment building has him pondering the role played by fire in English idioms. This is part of a complete episode.

couch homelessness

couch homelessness  n.— «While there’s not a lot of pure homelessness in the Valley, there are a lot of people suffering what’s called “couch homelessness.”…Those are the people who can’t afford a place of their own, so they’re...

Buffet Flats (minicast)

Do you know what a “buffet flat” is? Is it A) a type of shoe you wear to all-you-can-eat dinners, B) a lull in economic growth predicted by Warren Buffet, or C) a squalid apartment found in the Rocky Mountain States? Find out when Grant...


comp  n.— «His first assignment as he shadowed the team: cleaning up a three-week “comp” near Milwaukee, Wisc. That’s shorthand for “an apartment in which someone died and laid, unfound, for three weeks...


creeper  n.— «A 32-year-old woman told police last week that a cunning creeper made his way into her 5th Avenue apartment, taking only her $400 blue hybrid road bike.» —“Bike burgle” Park Slope Courier (Brooklyn, New...


mini-dorm n. an off-campus house or apartment shared by many students. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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