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Pronouncing Aunt

A listener from Falmouth, Maine, disagrees with his Canadian friends about how to pronounce the word aunt. He says it shouldn’t sound like the name of the insect. But is that the way most people pronounce this word for your mother’s...

Thanksgiving express lane

Thanksgiving express lane  n.—Gloss: a brand-new term for a part of airspace normally reserved for military flights that will be opened up to commercial traffic during the busiest flying days of the year. «The most significant change is...

ghost fishing

ghost fishing  n.— «Ghost fishing When lost nets, loose traps or fragments of other broken equipment continue to catch and kill marine life. Modern traps have escape vents constructed from biodegradable materials to allow lobsters to...

pistol

pistol  n.— «Pistol – A lobster without claws. During molting or fighting, they may lose one or both, but will regenerate them with time.» —“How to Talk Like a Maine Lobsterman” by Thy Tran KQED Food Blog: Bay...

chicken

chicken  n.— «Chicken – A one-pound lobster. It can take as long as 7 years in the cold waters of the northern Atlantic to grow to this size.» —“How to Talk Like a Maine Lobsterman” by Thy Tran KQED Food Blog:...

berry

berry  n.— «Berries – Lobster eggs. Conscientious, law-abiding lobstermen will gently return a berried female back to the water after V-notching her tail, indicating to others that she’s a valuable resource. Her 10,000 or so eggs...

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