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joey

joey  n.— «Every time Amy goes to jail to visit her incarcerated Blake, she takes along personalized photos of herself so that her husband can exchange them for “Joey’s.” Apparently, that’s slang for a hit of heroin.» —“Amy’s Husband...

Hitch in its Getalong

A caller is curious about the colloquial expression “it has a catch in its getalong.” She used it to describe the family’s faulty car. Her husband complained the phrase was too imprecise. Grant and Martha discuss this and similar...

granny shift

granny shift  n.— «Some men were interned during the Troubles and no one knew when they were getting out, so often women were left to rear the children. So, it was vital that the women went out to work. Some women worked what was known as...

attention surplus disorder

attention surplus disorder  n.— «She was extremely intense—that just a minimum phone conversation would be a few hours on the phone. And she wouldn’t even take hints to get off the phone. If someone would say, “Oh, I have to go to the...

Drive Safely

A wife seeks consolation because her husband always implores her to “drive safe” instead of “drive safely.” Martha says if he really loves her, he’ll use an adverb. Grant says it’s a message of love, so maybe the ...

Last-Ditch Effort

A husband and wife ask for wisdom about a long-running dispute: Is it last-stitch effort or last-ditch effort? This is part of a complete episode.