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Golden Birthday

When is your golden birthday? It’s when your age and the date match, such as turning 23 years old on the 23rd day of the month. This is part of a complete episode.

Apartment Complex Names

Why do subdivisions and office complexes have names invoking landscapes and animals that don’t exist there? A Fort Wayne, Indiana, listener got to wondering about this after passing the “Bay View Apartments” in her hometown: there’s not...

Golden Parachutes

An employee who gets a great termination package is said to leave the company with a golden parachute. Where’d that term come from? This is part of a complete episode.

50/50 girl

50/50 girl  n.— «He stands in the Hall of Flags in front of the young women selling charity raffle tickets—often called the “50-50 girls,” for the distribution of the raffle proceeds: half to the winner, half to charity...

shot berry

shot berry  n.— «I spoke to Paul Vossen, Sonoma County farm adviser, about your question. He says that your olives are producing what is known as “shot berries,” tiny fruit that isn’t pollinated and then drops from the tree...


boom-bap  n.— «Staying true to the early- to mid-‘90s boom-bap aesthetic—”boom-bap” being an onomatopoeic nod to the ferocity of the kick and snare drums—the album was unapologetically rooted in New York’s Golden Era. And so...