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The Secret Lives of Flowers (minicast)

Martha muses about the secret lives of flowers in this week’s podcast. She’s been pondering the lexical legacy of Carolus Linnaeus, the great Swedish botanist who nearly 300 years ago was criticized for his fascination with what was a...

chicken ark

chicken ark  n.— «Getting set up with chickens can be very cheap: the birds themselves cost from 25p to £20 each and the housing can be home-made, although a wooden chicken “ark” will cost around £200.» —“How to be a 21st...

placenta mooch

placenta mooch  n.— «I probably shouldn’t be a mother. At least I didn’t refer to it as a crotch dumpling or placenta mooch like I call other people’s kids.» —“I hope we don’t get the six pack…“ by Chrissy...

chicken cutlet

chicken cutlet  n.— «Instead of surgery, she wears a prosthesis that fits into her bra. “We call it the chicken cutlet.”» —“Survivor. A Portrait Of Strength” by Cindy F. Crawford Daytona Beach News...

cybridization

cybridization  n.— «An experimental method called cybridization transfers a gene for sterility into seedy varieties, rendering them seedless more efficiently than the shotgun approach used in irradiation.» —“Seedless Fruits Make...