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Waffle Cornflake And Other Family Words

A listener emails to say that her nonagenarian mother adopted a special project during the pandemic. She compiled a lexicon of words and phrases used by their family when the kids were growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. The resulting 33-page...

canning

canning  n.— «Marilyn Frano, Weymouth’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, said she came up with the idea after she heard that Weymouth High School athletes were asked to collect change—a practice known as “canning”—outside liquor...

prop bet

prop bet  n.— «If placing a bet on either team or the over/under is just not enough to satiate your gambling jones, there are numerous other ways to find action—these wagers are called “prop bets.” Do you have enough confidence...

bounce house

bounce house  n.—Gloss: An inflatable structure in and on which children can climb and jump. Note: Also often called “bouncy house.” «Party rental agencies, too, are trying to please customers by discounting their inflatable...

bowl of red

bowl of red
 n.— «The fact that a Texas “bowl of red,” as chili is commonly called, has no original relationship with past didn’t matter.» —by Mark Busby The Southwest , 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

fish pedicure

fish pedicure  n.— «State regulators have banned a trendy type of spa procedure known as a “fish pedicure,” in which the spa patron places his or her feet into a bowl filled with fish, and the fish eat the dead skin and...