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Heads Up! It’s a Meteor

“Well, Butter My Buns and call me a biscuit!” Martha and Grant talk about great catch phrases from old-time radio comedies. Also, why do we speak of a meteoric rise? Don’t meteors plummet? What do you keep in a Fibber McGee drawer...

Everything is Tickety-Boo

News reports that the makers of Scrabble were changing the rules to allow proper names left some purists fuming. The rumors were false, but they got Grant thinking about idiosyncratic adaptations of the game’s rules. Also this week, the...

suicide smock

suicide smock  n.— «A year-and-a-half-ago, Grove tried to kill himself, according to court documents. For that reason, the Boulder County Jail has placed him on suicide watch, and in his mug shot—the one with his hair standing wildly on...

torch party

torch party  n.— «The “torch party,” an advance crew that departs early to set up camp, was the lead element going to the Middle East, said Dusty Shenofsky, spokeswoman for the Louisiana National Guard.…“They were from a...

cup-cake

cup-cake  v.— «In its last season before joining Big Ten hoops, Penn State is cup-caking it with UMBC, Morgan, Drexel, Miami (O), Buffalo, Lafayette, Cleveland State, Columbia, Toledo, etc. How would you like to be in charge of selling...

Rita amnesia

Rita amnesia  n.— «U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, says he’s trying to prevent an outbreak of “Rita amnesia” by asking a congressional delegation to include southwest Louisiana, devastated by Hurricane Rita, during its scheduled...