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Punnet

That little basket that your strawberries and blueberries come in? It’s called a punnet. Just so you know. This is part of a complete episode.

Antipudic

What do you call those convenient props in illustrations and movies that cover up the naughty bits? A listener remembers an old illustrated copy of The Emperor’s New Clothes that made clever use of twigs and berries for covering, well, the...

Pronouncing “Bury”

Why do we pronounce bury like berry and not jury? The word originates in the Old English term byrgan, and the pronunciation apparently evolved differently in different parts of England. Grant explains why many terms go mispronounced if we read...

Buckle Desserts

Blueberry buckle is a dessert with cake batter, fruit, and a streussel topping. What does that have to do with buckles? This is part of a complete episode.

commissary berry

commissary berry  n.— «If she were in the prison’s general population, she would surely sprout “commissary berries”—inmates who glom on to anyone with a little cash who could buy them a $1.50 cheeseburger or an 87-cent Milky...