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Lunatic Fringe

In this week’s episode, “It was bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Martha and Grant discuss their favorite first lines from novels. Also this week, palmer-housing, beanplating, meeting cute, bad...

Sufficiently Suffonsified

What’s in a pet’s name? Martha and Grant swap stories about how they came up with names for their dogs. Also this week: Have you ever been called a stump-jumper? How about a snicklefritz? And what’s the last word in the dictionary...

marade

marade  n.— «Former Denver first lady Wilma Webb spearheaded the formation of the Marade—a combination march and parade. She founded the Martin Luther King Holiday Commission and pushed to make it a state holiday when she served in the...

layaway angel

layaway angel  n.— «The holiday season has long been regarded as a time to spend with family, focus on what matters most and—when circumstances allow—give back. Anonymous “Layaway Angels” have embraced the essence of the...

belly-gut

belly-gut  n.— «Moshey and belly-guts were also holiday treats. Moshey was both a term used to describe unpulled taffy as well as “clear toys”—candy made by boiling sugar in syrup.» —“Belsnickels & belly-guts: Holiday...

clear toys

clear toys  n.pl.— «Moshey and belly-guts were also holiday treats. Moshey was both a term used to describe unpulled taffy as well as “clear toys”—candy made by boiling sugar in syrup.» —“Belsnickels & belly-guts:...