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Episode 1493

Gee and Haw

The highly specialized vocabulary of people who work outdoors, communicating with sled dogs, a word from the sport of rock-climbing, church key, browse line, smeuse, nitnoy, mommick, zawn, zwer, boom dog, and I think my pig is whistling. This...

Oreo cow

Oreo cow  n.— «These days, the hills are dotted with grazing black-and-white cattle affectionately called “Oreo cows” by residents.» —“Stanford Hills” Palo Alto Online (California) Jan. 20, 2009...

rent-a-cow

rent-a-cow  attrib.— «The suit alleges that the investors have taken advantage of the so-called “rent-a-cow” provision that allows tax breaks on property used for agriculture or grazing.» —“Pima sues to recoup ‘rent-a-cow’...

zero grazing

zero grazing  n.— «Yet rarely seen among Botswana’s AIDS prevention messages is one that has worked in other African countries: Multiple sex partners kill. Dubbed “Zero Grazing” by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, this...

carpet grazing

carpet grazing  n.— «Once a guilty pleasure of the dinner hour, television is now a shameless suppertime centrepiece as Canadians gather expressly to enjoy their favourite shows—as well as an informal TV-side buffet. “Carpet...