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You Bet Your Sweet Bippy

Why do some puns strike us as clever, while others are plain old groaners? Martha and Grant puzzle over this question. Also, the difference between baggage and luggage, a royal word quiz, the “egg” in egg on, what to call someone who...

Hawaiian Riddles

Grant wraps up with some Hawaiian riddles from the book Riddling Tales from around the World, by Marjorie Dundas, including this one: This is part of a complete episode.

black starting

black starting  n.— «The loss of four major transmission lines from Hawaiian Electric’s Kahe power plant last night triggered an island-wide blackout.…HECO was woking last night to restart its generators at Kahe and Waiau, a process...

Hawaiian peace sign

Hawaiian peace sign  n.— «Some refer to it the Hawaiian Peace sign. It’s been termed “flippin’ the bird,” and Dale Earnhart used to call it, “just tellin’ him he’s number one.” But whatever it’s called, they did it in the open, right where...

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express  n.— «David Guy mentioned this phenomenon of a Pineapple Express which we seem to get about every 10 to 12 years. And that is where we get heavy snows in the Sierra, followed by a warm rain coming from the Hawaiian...

Jawaiian

Jawaiian  adj.— «Many of our younger people who have grown up with these new sounds, actually think of the music as Hawaiian… at least one form of Hawaiian music. They call it reggae, Jamaican, Jawaiian, “contemporary”...

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