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Episode 1397

Hard Words Are Hard

The SAT is changing things up, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just because words like membranous are no longer in the verbal section doesn’t mean kids aren’t learning important vocabulary. And speaking of useful terms...

Bippy

Where’d we get the expression “You bet your sweet bippy!”? It’s from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, a zany television show from the late 1960s. The word bippy, by the way, means “butt.” The phrase “You...

skweee

skweee  n.— «I had been making skweee for a while and everything was sort of on and popping and bubbling, like it still feels, and Harmönia was compiling their second 12 inch release. So I decided to make a track dedicated to this “brand...

backpacker

backpacker  n.— «This is the main thing i detest about these corny, revisionist backpackers : they’re all newjacks who started listening to rap in the 1993 when “36 chambers” came out and have no concept or understanding of early 80s rap...

chicken-in-the-basket

chicken-in-the-basket  n.— «Wearing a beaded scarlet top and black skirt, she began with the Irving Berlin standard “Blue Skies,” which suffered rough treatment at the hands of a ruinous chicken-in-the-basket funk rhythm...