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Fahunst, Ferhunsed, Fehoonsed

Judy from Binghamton, New York, remembers her aunt in Redding, Pennsylvania, using the term ferhunsed to mean “confused.” Sometimes spelled fahunst or ferhoonsed, it means “teased” or “mixed up,” and derives from...

Spendthrift Origins

Judy from Tallahassee, Florida, is curious about the word spendthrift, which means someone who spends money freely. The word thrift in this case means wealth, and is the past participle of thrive. A more obvious word that means the same thing:...

Too Much Sugar

“Too much sugar for a dime” can mean either “too good to be true,” or “more trouble than it’s worth.” Merle Travis and Judy Hayden sing about it. This is part of a complete episode.

ten-days

ten-days  n.—Gloss: in Trinidad and Tobago, a temporary job. «As for being Attorney General, her tenure there is generally referred to as a “ten-days,” which isn’t far out: she kept the seat warm for Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj for...

prank

prank  v.— «Most people born after about 1977 will know that “pranking” is when you call someone up on their mobile phone but hang up immediately afterwards. It’s entered the vernacular as a verb, for example, “I’ll prank...