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Episode 1586

Mittens in Moonlight

Need a slang term that can replace just about any noun? Try chumpie. If you’re from Philadelphia, you may already know this handy placeholder word. And there’s Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and … The Bronx — why do we add...

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...

Cashed Bowl vs. Cacked Bowl

A man in San Clemente, California, and his friends are debating the term for when a substance you are smoking for pleasure is all used up. Is the bowl cashed or cacked? In this case, both terms work. This is part of a complete episode.

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...