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Episode 1576

Sour Pickle

You know that Yogi Berra quote about how Nobody ever comes here; it’s too crowded? Actually, the first person to use this was actress Suzanne Ridgeway, who appeared in several movies with The Three Stooges. A new book shows that many well...

Bowery Pavilion

Tory in Paulson, Wyoming, is surprised to find that many people aren’t familiar with the term bowery used to mean “an open-air pavilion.” Bowery comes from a Dutch word for “farm,” bouwerij. Today this specialized use...

Incentivizing A Visit to the Gedunk

Greetings, earthlings. Here's another newsletter from A Way with Words! This past weekend's show was a repeat, although we tacked on a brand new call: what is the deal with bald-faced vs. bold-faced? Find out: Also discussed were...

shot house

shot house  n.— «In two places on the Bowery and one on Park Row arrests were made and alleged liquor confiscated. The police say that the three places were “shot houses” where liquor is sold at 5, 10 or 15 cents a drink...