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Town Names Ending in -ham

Why do some town names end in ham? Effingham, Illinois; Birmingham, Alabama; Gotham City, U.S.A. They all derive from the Old English ham meaning “home” or “homestead.” This is part of a complete episode.

Proverbs with Staying Power

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote those words in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. The hosts discuss this and other modern proverbs with staying power. This is part of a complete...

It’s in My Wheelhouse

What was your first word? Grant and Martha talk about how children acquire language. Also, if you say that something’s in your wheelhouse, you mean that it’s within your area of expertise. But why “wheelhouse”? And what does...

shit-up

shit-up  n.— «Then again, officers working with prisoners who are carrying out a dirty protest (it’s known as a “s***-up” in prison parlance) do get an extra tenner a day for putting up with it.» —“Porridge leaves a bad...

homohop

homohop  n.— «Call it gay hip-hop. Or, as some of the artists themselves refer to it, “homohop.”» —“‘Pick Up the Mic’ explores the brave, new world of gay hip-hop” by Bob Carlton Birmingham...

steady ticket

steady ticket  n.— «The temps weren’t happy with these developments. The day before, it looked like they would all be on a steady ticket for a while—perhaps a couple months worth of work—and now the day after they didn’t know if they would...