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Afghan Blanket Origins

Malia in San Diego is of Afghan descent, and wonders why crocheted blankets are referred to as afghans. There is a long, rich history of textile weaving in Afghanistan with repeated geometric designs, and the term afghan was probably borrowed to...

Episode 1507

Sundog

A clever pun can make the difference between a so-so phrase and a memorable one. The phrase “the last straw” refers to an old fable about too many items in a load, but it takes on a whole new meaning in a public-awareness campaign about...

matchy-matchy

matchy-matchy  adj.— «Pleased to see a strong movement away from matchy-matchy suites of furniture. To me, nothing is duller.» —“Designers Agree on Furnishings Trend” Los Angeles Times Oct. 25, 1964. (source: Double...