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Chandelier Pain

In a powerful essay on white privilege, Good Black News editor Lori Lakin Hutcherson includes the term chandelier pain to describe how painful accumulated slights can be. Medical professionals use the term chandelier pain to refer to the result of...

Plastic Bags

What do you call plastic shopping bags that litter the landscape? Some know them as witches’ britches or witches’ knickers. Others prefer urban tumbleweeds. In the film American Beauty, Ricky Fitts famously called them one the most...

Messing Up Names

A listener from San Diego, California, named Lois has been called Louise, Lori, Lauren, Louisa, and Rosa, to name a few. And of course, the Scott/Todd mix-up phenomenon continues. Do people ever mess up your name? This is part of a complete episode.

vesel sink

vesel sink  n.— «“Vessel sink” is a term for a basin that sits on top of the counter or is slightly recessed within the supporting cabinetry.» —“Sassy sinks” by Lori Darvas Californian (Salinas...

Internet hobo

Internet hobo  n.— «I had put off getting my own Internet connection. Having recently moved into a new apartment, I had been “borrowing” a connection unbeknownst to one of my neighbours in the meantime.…It was at that...

death notice

death notice  n.— «So now, at the local level, it’s down to meeting and planning on how to shut down plants if needed. Friday afternoon, union members met at UAW Local 652’s Hall. “After the meeting, we’re on what’s called death...