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Episode 1538

Little Shavers

The word hipster might seem recent, but it actually originated in the 1930s when it referred to jazz aficionados who were in the know about the best nightclubs and cool music. Speaking of music, a professional musician reports that it’s...

Cycling Freds

In cycling, a Fred is a chubby poseur who’s bought a fancy bike and a fancier outfit but can’t even pedal up a hill. This is part of a complete episode.

Identifying Hipsters

What is a hipster? Is it an insult to call someone a hipster, even if they’re, well, a hipster? Do hipsters identify themselves as hipsters? Grant traces the label from 1960s counterculture to today’s skinny-jeaned Brooklyn paradox. This...

That Skirt is Almost up to Possible

The story goes that hemlines rise and fall with the stock market. If that’s the case, then we hope it’s not long before we’re all hearing people exclaim, “Why, that skirt is almost up to possible!” An Iowa listener...

twist (someone’s) cap

twist (someone’s) cap v. phr. 1. to amaze, astonish, or enlighten. 2. (in hip-hop) to kill someone; to beat, outwit, or get the better of someone. Also twist (someone’s) cap back. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)


rexing n. organized or competitive rollerskating to dance music; roller disco; (hence) a leg-scissoring movement in skating sports. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)