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Origin of The Mullet

It’s been called the ape drape, the Kentucky waterfall, the Tennessee top hat, hockey hair, and the 90-10. We’re talking about that haircut called the mullet, otherwise known as “business in the front, and party in the back.”...

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...

Go-Aheads

Slap, slap, slap, slap– the sound of flip-flops on your feet. These floppy-soled shoes go by other names like zoris and thongs, but a caller wonders why in some parts of the country they’re called go-aheads. This is part of a complete...

Miss Astor

An Indianapolis woman who grew up in the South says that when her slip was showing, her father used to say, “Who do you think you are, Miss Astor?” Martha shares other euphemisms for slips showing. If someone sidles up to you and says...

diabulimia

diabulimia  n.— «During her teens Lisa rebelled against her diabetes and started skipping vital insulin injections to lose weight, a practice now known as “diabulimia.”» —“High Fashion In Dorchester For Diabetes...

Wigs on the Green

This week’s Slang This! contestant guesses at the meaning of the slang expressions “wigs on the green” and “fake and bake.” This is part of a complete episode.

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